There’s a notable lack of worry at the watch party for ”Keep the Dollars in Benton County,” the group supporting retail alcohol sales in the county. The biggest concern among the 20 or so gathered so far is about how long it’s taking for people to cast their ballots and when the votes will be counted.
UPDATE: Campaign spokesman Marshall Ney said the campaign is very confident in the results because the campaign knew exactly who their supporters are. They had to sign petitions to get the measure on the ballot at all.
“We were able to identify our supporters because of our petition, which helped us move them to the polls,” Ney said. Instead of having an issues-related campaign, like most political races, the campaign was able to contact voters who they knew supported the issue already — and had obvious reasons to support the measure, he said.
“Essentially we’re already wet,” Ney said. “We have private clubs. We’re surrounded by areas that are wet. No one lives more than 10 or 15 minutes from a place that sells alcohols. The only thing that really changes is the money.”