BELLEVUE — Would-be partiers in Bellevue turned in early last night as news of President Obama’s win filtered through the crowd at the Washington state Republican gathering.
Though the crowd anticipated a win by Rob McKenna, the Republican candidate for governor, those votes won’t be finally counted until later this week, so there was little left to party for Tuesday night after presidential hopeful Mitt Romney lost the national election. Most of the several hundred supporters gathered to party had dispersed by 11:30 p.m.
In the meantime, though, Republican supporters cheered on McKenna as he delivered a speech anticipating victory and spoke of the challenges he would face as the first Republican governor of Washington in nearly 30 years. Though McKenna was down by about 2.5 percent Tuesday night, Washington Republican Party chairman Kirby Wilbur said his team was prepared for a lag Tuesday and expect McKenna to pull ahead again when all the votes are counted later this week.
One such supporter was Seattle resident Shiao-Yen Wu, who said she and her Pomeranian, Zoro, are huge McKenna supporters. They’ve been to many McKenna rallies, so Wu decided to also bring Zoro along to the Washington State Republican Party’s final celebration of the election cycle.