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At the Democratic watch party in Springfield Tuesday night, supporters filled a banquet room inside the Howard Johnson Inn and Convention Center, anxiously awaiting the election results. When the dust settled, only one local candidate emerged victorious. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe was at the watch party and has this report.
[SOUND: crowd cheering Charlie Norr]
A crowd of about one hundred supporters cheered on Charlie Norr after he won the seat for the Missouri House District 132. In his victory speech, Norr thanked his volunteers.
“Everywhere I look in this room, I’ve found people who have walked for me. They hand out flyers, they man the phones, they get in their cars, they pick up people and bring them to the polls. Hundreds and hundreds of things take place to get me elected. I’ve never been so tired in my entire life watching the volunteers work out there,” Norr said.
Jim Evans, who lost the race for the Congressional 7thDistrict to Billy Long, says he’ll continue to lead a retired life with his wife. And he says that retired life includes continuing to encourage Southwest Missourians to look at alternative sources of energy.
“The country will move forward on green energy. It isn’t a matter of whether or not we will, it’s a matter of how long it’s going to take us to wake up and realize we’ve got to do that, because oil and coal are not going to be here forever. And the faster we use it, the more we’re stealing from the future,” Evans said.
James Owen, another Democrat from Springfield, lost the State Representative District 134 race to Republican Elijah Haahr.
For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.