Photos: Mitt Romney loss prompts anger, heartbreak at Colorado Republican watch party
These are some of the stories of gloom, doom and dread that Mitt Romney supporters at Denver's official GOP watch party shared as news broke -- rather suddenly, and before they even knew Colorado would be going blue -- that the country is getting four more years of Barack Obama.
"Welcome to hell!" one Romney supporter shouted just after Fox News broadcast that Obama had won Ohio, giving him enough electoral votes to win the race. The polls in Colorado had only closed around two hours earlier, and the results in a state that many thought could be critical in the final outcome were still trickling in.
Scenes of Obama campaign's celebration in Ohio started appearing on the screens at the party's setting -- a lounge of the Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High. Some cried. Others were silent. Some began walking out of the room even before any details had emerged about Colorado's results.
Photo by Brandon Marshall Slideshow: Election night in Denver
"They called it so soon," said Ken Cutshaw, 59, as he watched broadcasts declaring an Obama victory. "I was born a Republican -- it is just so disappointing to see this."
Cutshaw, the president of a restaurant chain, says Obama's reelection would hurt his employees and his industry.
"The hiring process will be geared to part-time workers instead of full-time workers because of health-care costs," he said. "And that's not good for the general public."
He added, "I just thought [Romney] had a better economic plan for the country.... I don't know if the campaign really matched Obama's ground game. A huge amount of [Romney's] campaign was about the media, the stream of advertising. It may have come down to get-out-the-vote efforts. Maybe the president did a better job."
As some supporters did frantic searches on their iPads and iPhones to confirm that the results were true, Representative Cory Gardner took the stage and delivered a short speech confirming what was pretty tough to deny at that point: Romney had lost, even if Colorado hadn't even been declared yet.
"Tonight, we share in victory. We share in races that we wish would've gone the other way. But this Republican Party will remain a strong party, and we will remain a strong Republican state for the reasons that we hold dear, the values that make us strong -- belief in the individual, belief in individual responsibility and the knowledge that when we get government out of the way and let America work, we will move this country forward," said Gardner, who was reelected last night. "So tonight, our work is just beginning."
"We will come together not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans to address these great challenges -- to make sure that going forward, our children and our grandchildren know that their brighter days are ahead of them," he said, before quickly transitioning back to a GOP talking point. "And that we will never yield the ground that we have fought so hard to achieve and that is that we always know what's best for our lives, our families, our businesses, far better than any government ever could."
After some applause, he added, "And so tonight, we celebrate. We look back on ways that we can always fight for the next race. And we will not give in."
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