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Scenes from a watch party

04/03/2013 9:36 AM

05/20/2014 10:41 AM

Ann Murguia and friends would have watched the returns come in Tuesday night at their election party, except returns don’t really “come in” anymore.

In the computer-voting age, the results are dumped all at once, like a 9th inning hanging curveball in a 0-0 game.

In this case, Murguia swung and missed around 9:35. She conceded five minutes later.

She was gracious in defeat — although she missed the obligatory public nod to the winner, Mark Holland.

But there was also a sense that Murguia and her supporters knew the battle would be uphill even before the results were known. Several people at the party said Murguia ran a good campaign “no matter what happens tonight,” usually a sign that folks are worried.

Seen at the party: Mark Gilstrap, Joe Steineger, Chris Steineger.

Murguia: “I’m sure things will be fine. I don’t think we’ll miss a beat.”

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