Washington state Democrats predicted that President Obama’s re-election would send a message to Republicans that they need to be more open to compromise.
Obama was narrowly winning the popular vote in early returns, but Democrats gathered for an election night party at The Westin Seattle viewed it as a meaningful sign.
“The American people slapped the Republicans upside the head,” said Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, in an interview after easily winning re-election. “They said, ‘you can’t just be negative. You have to work with him.’
“Their whole attitude for the past four years has been to undermine Obama,” McDermott added, of Republicans. “That is over.”
Maria Cantwell, who was easily winning re-election to the U.S. Senate, said that Obama staying in office and Republicans keeping the U.S. House of Representatives signaled that voters want more bipartisanship.
Other Democrats were more ecstatic.
Rebecca Black, a Seattle software engineer, could not contain her excitement after Obama’s victory was announced at The Westin. She burst into repeated cheers of “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“Our country is saved,” she said later. “We will continue our path to recovery. I can’t tell you how relieved I am.”