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Democrats celebrate Obama re-election victory

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JON HOUSE - Democrats celebrated Tuesday night as television networks projects the re-election of President Barack Obama. A number of Democrats across Oregon were victors in their races.Hundreds of Oregon Democrats celebrated President Obama's victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romeny at the downtown Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night, repeatedly chanting "Four more years" and cheering loudly for local as well as national victories.

The party loyalists heard from several of the top Democrats in the state, including U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Portland-area Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Beaverton-area Congreswoman Suzanne Bonomici. Wheeler, Rosenblum, Blumenauer and Bonamici were also re-elected at the General Election by wide margins.

Among the zingers: "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get one," uttered by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, and "Vote Democratic — we're not perfect, but they're nuts," uttered by Blumenauer.

Many partygoers waved signs, wore buttons and T-shirts, saying they had to come down because it was a moment not to miss. Voter Rob Walton, like others, admitted he'd been nervous about the results. "It would've been really embarrassing if we'd lost," considering that most other countries supported Obama, he says. "Now's a real chance (for Obama) to make a difference, in the next year."

All of the major news networks declared that Obama beat Romney by around 8:30 p.m. West Coast time after the President was declared the victor in Ohio.

Among those at the event was Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his partner Cylvia Hayes. Kitzhaber did not give a speech and ducked out early.