This post was written by Hatchet reporters Sophia Shin and Lauren French
D.C. Democrats wasted no time in celebrating the victory of Sen. Barack Obama. Phone calls to loved ones and joy-filled tears filled the ballroom at the Madison Hotel as Obama was projected to win the presidential election.
Music played as D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and other local D.C. officials took the stage to address the crowd.
“This is a great night for the country,” Fenty said.
When CNN called the election for the Democrat, dancing overtook the venue as Obama supporters reveled in his swift victory that was called before midnight.
“The last eight years has made people wake up to politics and its importance,” said local Democrat Melanie Hayes. “There is something bigger than us going on, and it’s so exciting.”
This historic race has excited the African American community in D.C. and throughout the nation, as Obama will be the first black president of the United States.
“I feel that there is a God that is good and so awesome,” said D.C. Democrat Denise Hawkins. “We are united as a people, not as races.”
As the festivities continue, Obama supporters and D.C. locals are still waiting for the results of several local elections.