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Mood festive at GOP watch party despite no poll-close call for Romney

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People gather at the Republican headquarters for election updates. (Cronkite News Photo by Donyelle Kesler)

Republicans are gathering at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix to await what they hope will be good news for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Senate candidate Jeff Flake and Republicans running in competitive congressional districts in Arizona.

However, one piece of good news the crowd had anticipated didn’t materialize: The networks didn’t project Arizona for Romney when polls closed at 7 p.m.

Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, said he’s eager to hear the results of Arizona races.

“In light of the national election, it’s overshadowed some of those,” he said.

Among the attendees: Pam Waugh and Marlene Stigsell, who said they were co-workers until both lost their jobs a year ago. Waugh said she is happy that Romney seems to be doing well around the country.

“I was surprised even a couple weeks ago when they were calling it close,” Stigsell said. “Republicans need to involve other groups. We’re not all rich. We’re far from rich. “