Massive Turnout for Democratic Watch Party

Massive Turnout for Democratic Watch Party


As the election results came through for the Senate and House of Representatives, people in the crowd of an election night watch party waited in suspense in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night.


The election night watch party, hosted by the Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Democratic Party at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Phoenix, received a lively turn out with a line going out the door with people anxiously waiting to get in.


Jevin D. Hodge, the vice chairman of the ADP, said the importance of putting on a sponsored event for the party to support “strong progressives” on getting elected. Hodge also explained that one of the most important components of the Democratic party to take over Arizona is held in the hands of millenials and youth.


“Millenials have the opportunity to decide every election here in the state of Arizona,” said Hodge. “So it’s vital for their participation in our democracy.”


Loud cheers swept through the squished crowd of people in the ballroom of the watch party as Democratic nominees for the Senate and House of Representatives began to win their seats from numerous states. As well as occasional “boos” from winners such as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas and U. S. Sen. Mitt Romney from Utah, many of whom came from many young faces.


Mahbod Olfat, a 25-year-old Ph.D. research student in applied mathematics and machine learning from California, said that he came to Arizona for a conference, but he learned about the watch party and decided it was important to go for support of the democratic party in Arizona. He also explained that voting in this election was one of the most important things any American could do to enact change.


“It (voting) is a fundamental building block of democracy that we have,” said Olfat. “The right to vote the right of free speech aren’t inherent rights that would be there no matter what. But, the fact that we have an infrastructure that protects that is really critical.”


But young Democrats were not the only ones who came to support the Democratic Party.


As people watched closely to the poll results, many wore clothing representing support for Kyrsten Sinema, David Garcia, Planned Parenthood and Red for Ed. Loud cheers and claps resonated from all four walls at the Democratic Party gained control of the House of Representatives.


Melissa Varngrover, a 38-year-old sixth grade teacher stood out in the crowd wearing red. But, the red shirt was for supporting the Red for Education movement, which began in March 2018 to help the pay raise for Arizona teachers. She said she was there in support for the Democratic Party and for David Garcia, the Democratic nominee for governor.


“I believe it’s our civic duty as Americans to help guide our country in the direction that’s best for everyone,” said Varngrover “ I don’t think funding from public school into the private schools.”


But, one of the most anticipated results stayed with the Arizona Senate nominees, Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.


            Alexander Queiroz, a 19-year-old biology student at Arizona State University, said that being involved in this election held importance as it helps to fight “against corporate power of America” and that having Sinema in the Senate seat would make better changes for Arizona.


            “She’s (Sinema) the lesser of two evils, but the other one (McSally) is a fascist,” said Queiroz.


            McSally was leading in the polls by close to 1 percent of total votes, but the final result continues to be counted.


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