It's early yet, but folks are gathering at both the Idaho Democratic Party election-night watch party at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, and at the Riverside Hotel, where the Idaho Republican Party is holding its election-night watch party. Gov. Butch Otter welcomed the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd at the Riverside, saying, “What a great crowd - enthusiasm, lot of energy. I wish I was running for something.” Amid laughter, turning to his wife, Lori, he said, “Oh, we are, that's right - the first lady just reminded me.”
Otter isn't up for election this year, but has been saying he'll seek a third term as governor in 2014. Otter told the GOP faithful, “The Republican Party will continue to be strong. We don't know all the results yet tonight, but I can tell you one thing, there isn't a party that tried harder, there isn't a party that worked harder, and there isn't a party that's gonna win bigger than we are tonight here in Idaho.”
The GOP crowd is shoulder-to-shoulder, and the room's plenty loud; on top of all the conversation, young musicians from the Idaho Arts Charter School's electric orchestra are entertaining with an upbeat selection for electric violin, viola, cello and more.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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