Night Falls

Lizza, Ryan
November 2004
New Republic;11/15/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 20, p12
The article portrays the 2004 Presidential election day from the point of view of journalists covering the election outcome. The exit polls seemed to show such a clear sweep of the battleground states for John Kerry that the news of his victory already seemed stale. The mood shifted markedly in the early evening. There were sudden bouts of deja vu as aides realized that, in 2000, early exit polls had given Al Gore's high command the same false sense of optimism. At a certain point late in the evening, all signs of the Kerry campaign vanished. The scene among supporters gathered for the victory celebration in front of the Boston Public Library was dreary. On Wednesday, Kerry's concession speech at Boston's Faneuil Hall felt like a wake. Like Al Gore in 2000, Kerry was at his best and most gracious in defeat.


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