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[PHOTOS] Euphoria and Overpriced Champagne at the Chase: MO Dems Watch Party

Categories: Election 2012

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Leah Greenbaum
A woman films McCaskill's speech with her iPad.
McCaskill bounded onto stage around 11 p.m. to Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" (Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" was also on repeat last night).

Her remarks were brief, pretty standard stuff. She extended an olive branch of bipartisanship to her detractors.

"I go to Washington first as a Missourian," she said to wild applause. "I will continue to be a senator who works across the aisle in a bipartisan way."

The dancing started as McCaskill left the stage (not to reappear again), and overtook the entire ballroom. Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" got a few people getting freaky who you maybe wouldn't want to see getting freaky. It also got the college kids and volunteers a-jerkin' (more than one young lush popped a button).

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Leah Greenbaum
CNN called Obama's victory soon after McCaskill left the ballroom and the room erupted into cheers, dancing, hugs, and tears. Julio Williams, the Republican bartender, just shrugged as merrymakers and co-workers offered their condolences.

"I've got nothing against the people here. Everyone's been great," he said. "This is like a Cubs-Cardinals kind of rivalry. It's friendly -- and the tips have been great tonight."

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Leah Greenbaum
Julio Williams shows off the Romney-Ryan button pinned to the inside of his vest.

As the dust (no confetti -- looks like the Dems threw all their money into the campaign) settled, crowds poured out of the Chase in search of cheaper drinks. Bar Louie and the Royale were packed by the time Romney got around to conceding.

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