It has been a difficult night for Republicans gathered at the party event at the Bellevue Hyatt.
“It’s hard for conservatives,” said Allyn Schinski of Issaquah, wiping tears from her face.
While party leaders and gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna urged supporters from the stage to stay upbeat, the mood in the Evergreen Ballroom was sinking fast as the night went on, and the other guy looking like he might win the governor’s race.
“I spent four, five months on the Rob McKenna campaign. I did mailings. Phone calls for hours. Sign waving. If he doesn’t win it’s going to kill me,” said Schinski.
“I’m depressed, I am very said. I have so much respect for Rob, and for Mitt (Romney.),” she said. “I have lived here for a long time and it has been so many years since there has been a Republican governor. It’s not just about party. That is not good for the state.”