Hillary fans react to Florida

In New York's Grand Hyatt, news of Gore's win in the swing state spreads.

By Anthony York
November 8, 2000 6:28AM (UTC)
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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.

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"Are they here?"

"What?"

"The president?"

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.

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"That's big," she says breathing in deeply through her nose. "That's really big."


Anthony York

Anthony York is Salon's Washington correspondent.

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