Hundreds gathered at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Dallas for the Democratic watch party election night, Nov. 6. The format was informal.
The candidates mingled and were available to answer media questions. This was the purpose of the political game; for the candidates to show that they were accessible to the media and to share time with volunteers and supporters.
I interviewed some of the candidates including Judge Clay Jenkins, Judge Aiesha Redmond and Texas House District 102 candidate Ana Maria Ramos.
They all shared their hope for the Democratic party to make history during the elections.
The candidates reflected the variety of people in the audience. They were from all backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. All were impatient to learn results of the election. The atmosphere was enthusiastic and the mood of the crowd reflected confidence.
Election results were projected on two big screen televisions. When the Democrats won a race the crowd responded with cheers and shouts.
As the night continued, the crowd excitedly followed the most anticipated race. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke, was rubbing shoulders with Republican challenger Ted Cruz.
The first accounts placed O’Rourke ahead of his opponent with 52 percent for O’Rourke and 48 percent for Cruz. As the night went on, Cruz passed O’Rourke with the final result of 51 percent to 48 percent. The disappointment was voiced throughout the ballroom as the crowd learned of Cruz’s victory.
At the end of the evening, the Democrats left the hotel with mixed feelings. Texas may not be a blue state, but nationally, the Democrats won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, which gives them more power to counterbalance the Trump administration.
What I learned from the experience was voting matters. Through their voices, young voters showed the American public that they wanted a change. Minorities made history by electing candidates they could relate to. When the people act, the impossible can happen.