West Seattle Election Night ’08: Partying at Skylark

Big raucous crowd here at Skylark Cafe and Club (WSB sponsor). The place is packed, and it’s almost as loud as if you were at a candidate rally. CNN is on the big screen, and every time they project a state for one candidate or another, loud reaction — pretty much, cheers for Obama, boos for McCain. CNN just called Ohio for Obama and a prolonged ovation has broken out. It’s close to standing-room-only in here. 7 PM UPDATE: The big screen’s gone over to Jon Stewart. 7:10 PM: It’s officially SRO here – people are standing against the front wall, by the door. 7:27 PM: More cool West Seattle pix from today at the Incremental Updates blog. 7:45 PM UPDATE: Oh thank heavens, we’re back to CNN. As amusing as Jon Stewart is, it doesn’t seem right for our memory of a potentially historic moment is for him to be calling the presidential race. (Spoke too soon, minutes later, he’s baack!) 7:49 PM UPDATE: Well, maybe not so bad; an interviewee just said “There are two skinny guys from Illinois who made a difference – Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama.” 8:03 PM UPDATE: Jon Stewart and company just announced CNN projects Sen. Obama is now President-Elect Obama. The place erupts. Prolonged ovation. Got it on video, will add when we get back to home base. OK, maybe it was better to watch Jon Stewart tell the story. Now, on to the state and local results — for the rest of the night there’s a lot to watch, including the governor’s race and ballot measures such as Sound Transit Prop 1, Seattle’s Pike Place Market (Prop 1) and Parks (Prop 2) levies, and statewide initiatives. All King County results will be available here once the first counts come in (usually 8:15-ish); statewide results (statewide offices such as governor, plus I-1000, I-985, I-1029) will be here.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Election Night '08: Partying at Skylark"

  • JH November 4, 2008 (6:40 pm)

    Hey WSblog, on my way there! Look for a very curly-headed chick. If you see me, come say hi!

  • WSB November 4, 2008 (7:01 pm)

    We’re at a table next to the stage. Probably won’t be here once they call the presidential race, unfortunately, as one laptop has failed and the backup won’t last long, so one of us is going to have to get back to home base while the rest of the crew roves.

  • HunterG November 4, 2008 (8:02 pm)

    IT WAS JUST CALLED!!!!! OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!!!

  • d November 4, 2008 (8:03 pm)

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mark November 4, 2008 (10:32 pm)

    TR, excellent job today, as usual. I loved your updates and photos. And thanks for the link, you sent some nice traffic our way.

    — mm

  • WSB November 4, 2008 (10:39 pm)

    Thanks; you got one pic we couldn’t get, Val and the patriotic bicycle. I am looking forward to some roaming tomorrow to see if there are any victory signs around WS.

  • JH November 5, 2008 (6:43 am)

    WSB, I think I saw you leaving, but I wasn’t sure it was you! Skylark was a lot of fun, but very crowded. I ended up leaving before the results were read, but did eat and have a good time!

  • Lauren November 5, 2008 (1:40 pm)

    Do you have any more pics? I was there with my best friends. I love this city. Thanks for your awesome coverage.

  • WSB November 5, 2008 (1:48 pm)

    I’ll check the camera card but that was representative – unfortunately we spent most of our time there dealing with the laptop crisis, which took the edge off hopes to do something more, like interview people in the crowd. Thanks for the kind words!

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