As the Secret Service keeps the Grand Ballroom in lockdown, Hillary fans in the Grand Hyatt are milling around the lobby. They have occupied the entire thing -- the downstairs bars, the escalators, the other meeting rooms. At 8 p.m., the room erupts in raucous applause, which echoes through the hotel.
The people on the escalators have startled faces.
"Are they here?"
And then, it begins to spread in a whisper, out from the center where the masses are congregated, sipping white wine, watching CNN.
"Florida ... Florida ... Florida, Gore won ..."
"Oh my god!" comes a shriek of a young woman in a Hyatt uniform.
"That's big," she says breathing in deeply through her nose. "That's really big."