Spirits are still high in Raleigh even though Elaine Marshall, the Democratic challenger for U.S Senate, fell short in the polls. Shortly after giving her concession speech, Marshall made her way through the room and hugged family members, supporters and fellow candidates.
There was a sense of disappointment among audience members during Marshall’s speech.
“I’ve seen a lot of people just misinformed voting this year,” David Burton Smith, said a Marshall supporter from Sanford, N.C. “I’m not surprised that someone as decorated and smart as Elaine doesn’t win because it’s not about how smart you are and what you know, it’s about can you get the masses to vote for you, he said.”
People at the Brownstone Hotel quickly regained confidence as Brad Miller took to the podium to announce his victory over Bill Randall in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I assume this has been a tough year for a lot of people who I admire greatly,” Miller said. “People who love their country and work hard for their country; who have done the right thing and are now seeing their political careers end.”