Democrats, Republicans find reasons to cheer for election result

Democrats, Republicans find reasons to cheer for election results

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Democrats filled the Square Room on Market Square to watch the votes counted for Barack Obama. Democrats filled the Square Room on Market Square to watch the votes counted for Barack Obama.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - While Democratic supporters were celebrating their big win Tuesday in the presidential race, Republicans found many reasons to cheer through the night.

Though Democrats expected to fair poorly in state legislative races, they filled the Square Room on Market Square to watch the votes counted for Barack Obama.

When networks projected the president over the top in electoral votes, the crowd went wild.

"I'm feeling great! exclaimed Democrat Chuck Martin. "Let me tell you something, we did it. It was a hard road. I worked, I worked. I made phone calls, even into North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, and it all came together."


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Though seeing the president re-elected was a disappointment for most Republicans, they liked the outcome of most of the area and statewide races.

Tennessee Republicans won their first supermajority in the state Senate, winning at least two seats necessary to take a 22-11 margin.

The Republican watch party was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville.  

Because results of local races were known much earlier, most party members cleared the room by the time Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech.

Edie Clemons, a local Mitt Romney campaign organizer, could not hold back her emotions as she reflected on the loss of the big ticket.

"I tell you, our Constitution was at a thread and I'm afraid that thread is going to be broken with this administration," Clemons said. "Welcome to Socialism. That's all I can say."

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