To an adoring crowd, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna took the stage early in the night to thank other GOP officeholders and party officials for a strong campaign effort. “We set a goal of 1 million new phone calls and … today we passed the 1.5 million phone call mark, thanks to many of you.”
He noted that one ninth-grader made over 5,000 phone calls. “When we see you younger people getting involved, it makes all of us feel better. Not just about this election, but about the future of our country,” McKenna said.
Earlier in the evening, the mood was less glowing as a crowd pushed for a change in channels as they watched returns, chanting, “Fox! Fox! Fox!”
“Sorry they don’t get Fox News in the basement,” said state GOP chief Kirby Wilbur. He predicted a long night ahead but urged the crowd, “Don’t get depressed.”
More bars would be opened shortly, he promised. And, he said, “If we can’t elect Rob McKenna, maybe it is time to move to Texas.”