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November 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM

At the Reject R-74 campaign headquarters: Waiting for the party to begin

There’s quite a bit of food but not many people – yet – at the Reject R-74 party at campaign headquarters in Lynnwood.

It’s quiet so far at the Reject Referendum 74 election-night party, being held at campaign headquarters in the Newberry Square strip mall in Lynnwood.

A few volunteers have trickled in, gathering around the veggie and fruit trays, cupcakes and a Crock Pot full of meatballs. A few others are a few doors down at the Vienna Coffee Company coffee shop — the second site of the Reject R-74 party, where campaign workers have also put up a tent in the front in case of spillover.

So far, though, not many are here because many volunteers were out sign waving earlier this evening and many are still doing phone banking and distributing door hangers, said DiAnna Brannan, director of grassroots for Preserve Marriage Washington.

The campaign has at least 20,000 volunteers statewide, said campaign spokesman Chip White, who added with a laugh: “I hope we get a lot more votes than actual people here in our office tonight.”

White is predicting a “razor thin fight to the finish” for R-74.

“This summer, we were as much as 19 points down,” he said. “But with the launch of our TV ad campaign in October and our ground game more recently, we see momentum as being on our side. And we think we’ve really closed the gap.”

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