Party faithful preparing for election night

Republicans, Democrats plan parties

— Candidates and party faithfuls will have all eyes on tonight’s general election results.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” local Democrat Thomas Peterson said.

“I think they’re going to do really well,” Zillah Mayor Gary Clark said of the Republican ticket. “They better do well.”

On the line are contests ranging from president and governor all the way to local county commissioner and legislative seats.

Teodora Martinez-Chavez of Outlook is a precinct committee officer for the Democratic party, and she said her party is hitting unprecedented heights in Yakima County.

“As of today we are at 43 percent of registered voters,” she said. “That is a bigger turnout than we’ve had in a long time.”

She’s hopeful the turnout will impact races further down the ballot.

“They’re turning out because of the presidential election, but we also need them to vote for local leadership,” Martinez-Chavez said.

Prosser City Councilwoman Mary Ruth Edwards is confident in Republican’s chances in statewide races.

“I believe a lot of Washington state races will go to Republicans,” Edwards said. “I believe Kim Wyman will no longer be the sole Republican at that level. Folks like Steve McLaughlin and Bill Bryant may well join the ranks.”

She also thinks Clint Didier could again pose a tough challenge for Congressman Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside.

“I believe the Fourth Congressional race will be close,” she said.

Both parties are planning viewing events tonight.

Yakima County Democrats will gather at the Sub Shop in Yakima, 20 N. Second St. Republicans will have a watch party at the Red Lion in Yakima, 607 E. Yakima Ave.

Benton County Republicans are welcome to view results at the campaign office at 1201 Jadwin Ave., in Richland, Edwards said.



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