Watching election returns -- with the Republicans

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Early in the evening, several people gathered in the Saline County Republican Party headquarters to hear election results.

Candidates, families and other supporters filtered in and out of Republican Headquarters in Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 6., bringing food and sharing conversations.

All the while, Fox News played in the background reporting national results from Tuesday's election.

As the results trickled in, several watchers expressed fear of the evening's outcome.

Local candidates Marty Smith (left) and Leo Grothaus (right) watch national election results at the Saline County Republican headquarters.

"I think this is the first time in my life I've been truly worried for the country's future because of an election," said one.

Sitting next to him, another agreed, he too worried about the outcome.

Early in the evening, as the news station began designating red and blue states, Richard Clemens of Marshall said the results were falling in line with earlier predictions.

State legislative candidates Dean Dohrman of the 51st district and Dave Muntzel of the 48th district came to the headquarters early to talk to supporters.

Dohrman thanked the crowd. He was in Warrensburg, with Repub-lican supporters there, before he learned about 10:30 p.m. he had won the 51st, which encompasses about two-thirds of Saline County. In the end, Muntzel also won the 48th district, which includes a small part of the county.

It was 8:36 p.m. before local candidates heard the first Saline County results as five of 19 precincts were reported.

Marty Smith and his family seem to grimace a little as the early results showed the battle would be a close one. At that time, the results showed Democratic challenger Ginger Brucks with 1443 votes and Smith with 1,472 votes.

Smith, along with sheriff candidate Leo Grothaus and their supporters soon headed to the courthouse to await more returns there.

As the evening wore on, many left the headquarters for more comfortable seats at home to wait for national election results.

Others from the Republican headquarters were in the Saline County Courthouse rotunda when the final tallies came in shortly before 10 p.m.

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