Party chairman Tyler Clark had to read quite a way down the list to get a first cheer from supporters at the Washington County Democratic watch party in Fayetteville.
Presidential, Congressional and state Senate numbers showed the party of blue at a disadvantage in early and absentee ballots. By the state House races, however, Adella Gray was holding her own in a tight race, and Greg Leding and David Whitaker both held comfortable leads.
County offices were a mixed bag.
Several local Democrats were glad to enjoy the party without being on the ballot themselves. Prosecutor John Threet, former state Rep. Lindsley Smith, and former JP Steve Zega all showed up to watch other candidates sit on the hot seat.
A few folks seemed slightly confused. Rex Bailey, a county JP, showed up in spite of the fact that he’s a Republican. Fayetteville city attorney Kit Williams sported a tee shirt touting the Democratic ticket of Clinton-Gore.
“It’s early yet,” Clark said. “I think we’ll have a more complete picture by ten or so, when the electronic ballots come in.”