The election night fiesta hosted by the Pima County Democratic Party at Hotel Congress is a crowded mess, with the most applause so far this evening going to Republican Jesse Kelly's lead over Jonathan Paton. The crowd is getting ready to greet U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is expected to address her fellow Dems any minute. The night is a little behind schedule, but most of the results on the state website are early ballots, anyway.
Phil Lopes, who spoke on behalf of state Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, said Arizona has suffered the loss of 400,000 jobs, and while Gov. Jan Brewer boasts that she has created 25,000 jobs, it isn't enough.
"We can do the math, we need a change," Lopes said.
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told the crowd that "we can talk about all the hatred they've spread, but it's up to Democrats to heal Arizona. That's what we are going to have to do—heal Arizona."
Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jeff Rogers noted that U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva could have Ruth McClung as his Republican challenger since she is in the lead, but that "our perennial favorite, Joe Sweeney is behind."