It’s early, but Washington state Democrats gathering for an Election Night bash at The Westin Seattle are feeling good.
About 200 of them had trickled into the Grand Ballroom by 7 p.m., crowding around televisions displaying election results (on CNN) and chatting while holding alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and cocktails were each going for $9).
Outside, a nearly 8-foot-tall ice sculpture held “Obaminator,” a mixture of vodka, blue curacao and rosemary.
Vicki Tompkins, a 62-year-old Seattle resident, said the Democrats are very happy with the returns from the East Coast, which showed President Obama beating Republican Mitt Romney in Michigan and Pennsylvania, among other states.
“I think we’re going to do it,” Tompkins, wearing a pink Obama shirt and clutching a Scotch and soda, said of re-electing the president. “We’re feeling very optimistic.”
Dwight Pelz, the chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party, predicted Obama would win 56 percent of the vote in the state, just short of the president’s 57 percent in 2008.
“It’s going to be a great night for Democrats,” Pelz said.
About 1,000 attendees are expected at the party.