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Crowd gathers on historic night

Moffat County Democratic Party hosts Obama Watch Party

Jennifer L. Grubbs

Presidential race

And the race is on:

• Thursday night, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

• Next week, John McCain will accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president on the final night of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.

— There was clapping, cheering, even a few people jumping to their feet Thursday night as their candidate stepped up to the podium at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium in Denver.

A crowd of about 25 adults and some children from Moffat County gathered at American Legion Post No. 62 on Thursday night to watch the final evening of the Democratic National Convention, which included Obama’s history-making acceptance speech.

“I think it is very historically significant,” Craig resident Terry Carwile said. “This is the first non-white, non-Anglo (candidate) to be in serious contention.”

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As he was speaking, Carwile watched with his fellow Moffat County Democrats as speaker after speaker took to the stage to provide support for Obama and rally the party faithful. Shots of a jam-packed stadium, camera flashes and thousands of waving arms and flags covered the projector screen that displayed PBS’ coverage of the event.

“It’s been a breathtaking race to the summit on Barack’s part, just to garner so much support,” Carwile said.

Jill McCandless, of Craig, said she liked watching the speakers.

“I like the sincerity of the people talking for Obama,” she said.

Moffat County Democratic Party Chairman Ted Crook, of Craig, also was watching at the American Legion.

“Barack Obama’s known for his oratory,” he said. “This will probably be his most important speech yet.”

While the size of the crowd was smaller than what the party’s organizer hoped for, Brianna Wilensky said she still was pleased with the party.

“I was hoping for 30 or 40, but 20 is not terrible,” she said. “There’s a considerably smaller percentage (of Democrats) compared to Republicans” in Moffat County.

The number of people who showed up didn’t bother Pastor Bob Woods, of Craig.

“It’s nice to join fellow Democrats,” he said. “We’re not very plentiful, but it’s nice to share enthusiasm. We’re getting bigger this year.”

That’s exactly what Wilensky’s hoping for.

“I expect to see Obama get people really rallied up,” Wilensky said.

Presidential race

And the race is on:

• Thursday night, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

• Next week, John McCain will accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president on the final night of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.