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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

November 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Seattle on election night – comparing 2008 to 2012

Image courtesy of washingtonbus.org

Image courtesy of washingtonbus.org

Two UWEE bloggers compare their experience on election night 2008 to tonight – a night full of memories and emotions.

Almeera Anwar
SEATTLE – I remember four years ago: I was a freshman at the University of Washington and had just voted for the first time in my life. I remember feeling educated and that my voice mattered in regards to the future of my country.

I was sitting in the common room of my freshman residence hall when the results were announced, Barack Obama had won the 2008 election. The room went wild with excitement. Students hugged other students they’d never even met before. People shouting how this was the future of our country. But within minutes, many had jumped back into their homework. The girl next to me, whom I was still just getting to know, grabbed me by the hand and said, “Let’s go!”

We ran upstairs to our rooms, quickly changed and bolted to Red Square, the center of campus, where a crowd had already gathered. I stood on the steps of the oldest library on campus with thousands of my peers chanting slogans we’d heard throughout the election. Looking back now, it was truly one of the most thrilling moments of my young adult life.

The crowd marched across campus, people perched on shoulders and others holding signs. After over an hour of celebration, a large pack migrated to Capitol Hill, I however headed back to my hall. This year, I’m in Capitol Hill, ready to celebrate the second half of my night that I didn’t do in 2008. The only question now is if I’ll get the chance.

Alicia Halberg
SEATTLE — I remember four years ago: the streets were packed in Capitol hill from edge to edge for blocks upon blocks with revelers celebrating then-candidate Obama’s win. I was one of them. I marched from the University District up to Capitol Hill to celebrate with throngs of the city’s liberal youth.

Today, as I drove my Vespa up to the hill for the Washington Bus election night watch party at Neumos the streets remained free of revelers, full of the usual traffic.

I expected a packed house. Perhaps everyone’s down at the Westin Hotel where the Approve Referendum 74 campaign is holding its watch party, where gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jay Inslee should be in attendance. The tables are mostly full and many are standing. Slowly throughout the last half hour the standing-room area has filled with more and more people.

My mind is racing a mile a minute: looking up at the large screen with CNN’s election broadcast, tapping this post away on my netbook, checking the Twittersphere constantly for other perspectives and news outlet predictions.

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