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November 8, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Everett crowd ecstatic about Reardon lead

Early news of a double-digit lead by incumbent Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon was met with cheers and whistles by more than two dozen people gathered in the basement of Everett’s Labor Temple.

Bill Phillips, chairman of Snohomish County Democrats, gasped when he saw the early results that put Reardon ahead of challenger Republican state Rep. Mike Hope by 13 percent.

“I’m ecstatic. It’s a good night for voters,” Phillips said. ” I predicted it would only be by eight points.”

Phillips said he thought recent headlines about the State Patrol investigating Reardon for alleged misuse of public funds would result in more votes heading Hope’s way. He called news of the investigation “last-minute dirty politicking.”

“I can’t believe it was anything but just politics,” Phillips said.

After the first round of results were read the crowd continued to mingle. They drank beer and nibbled on snacks while waiting for Reardon to show up at the party.

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