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Election night ends early for chairman

By GAYLE WEBER

gweber@dailynews.net

The predictions of a long night for America to find out who its next president would be didn't hold up. And that's just fine with Anthony Glassman, in his first year as chairman of the Ellis County Democratic Party.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Democratic President Barack Obama was declared the winner by media outlets that projected wins in key swing states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.

"I'm pretty happy about it," Glassman said of the Democrats' national victory. "I woke up early (Tuesday) morning and was starting to get a little worried, but it really prevailed through the Electoral (College) votes.

"I think it's going to be a positive next four years."

But the results didn't look so clear as numbers began rolling in earlier in the night.

Steve Newcomer kept up with live results via Twitter while he was gathered with Republicans for a watch party at Thirsty's Brew Pub & Grill on Tuesday night. He said if there was anything holding Republican Mitt Romney back, it might have been Superstorm Sandy's effect on the campaign last week.

"That made a difference," the WaKeeney resident said. "It came at the right time to give (Obama) a good bump."

Prior to the storm hitting the East Coast last week, some polls had given Romney as much as a 5-point edge.

Newcomer said he thought Romney should have brought up the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the ensuing investigation during the third debate between the candidates.

"I think that hurt him," Newcomer said.

Some students at Fort Hays State University's watch party weren't as concerned about the results as they were excited about the process. Armed with a map of the United States and two colors of crayons, students -- some eligible to vote in a presidential election for the first time -- followed along as cable channels projected wins in various states.

"I wish I was in a different state," said Eddie Creek, a Marysville freshman who attended the watch party to obtain extra credit for his American Government class at FHSU.

"Like her," he said referencing classmate Megan Finlay of Loveland, Colo., "she's from Colorado, which is a swing state, and it feels like it matters more."

"In Kansas," Finlay said, "it doesn't matter who you vote for because they're just going to vote for Romney."