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.
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