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Election night

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Tuesday was my night to work (with a staff of two now, Mike Bonnicksen and I alternate evening shifts) so that meant documenting election night. But before I could get to election coverage, I drove to Cashmere to photograph the girls state playoff win over Connell. Click for gallery here.

I was back to Wenatchee by 7p.m. and headed to the democrat's party after hearing they were predicted to win the presidential race. It was dark near the front of the room but I noticed Suellen Harris illuminated by her tablet as she checked results.

And then there was a Big Bird balloon floating near the entrance so I waited for something to happen near it and was happy to see a congratulatory hug happening.

From there, it was on to the courthouse where voters were finishing up. I was blessed to find a first-time voter at the polls.

And I was happy to see Travis Brandt at the courthouse with his supporters. I focused on him as the results were announced but didn't get much of a reaction.

I followed him downstairs to the lobby where they gathered to look more closely to the results. I like this shot better. I think you can tell how it was going for him from this picture.

After taking a quick read of the results, I noticed Brad Hawkins leading Armstrong and knew that would be the lead story. The reporter doing the story had called in advance and left me his address and phone number so I headed up Fancher Heights to his house, leaving a phone message that I was coming. My plan was to stop by the republican's party after photographing Hawkins at his home.

I ran into a problem when I knocked on his door, thinking it strange there weren't any campaign signs in the yard, and found out by the resident that his family had moved.

Long story short, I eventually found his house, made it past the gate in front of the neighborhood where he lives and photographed him in his living room where he was checking results with his wife.

That was my favorite shot with them as it shows how they spent the night alone but I knew space in the newspaper would be tight so I chose this photograph to use in the newspaper.

I wasn't able to make it to the republican's party with all of the running around finding Hawkins but the extra effort I think payed off.