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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

 9:47 PM 

Jubilant scene at Johnson party

At 9:40 p.m. the clock struck 12 for Russ Feingold after 18 years in the U.S. Senate as Ron Johnson pulls off the victory that puts another win in the GOP's column.

More than 1,000 supporters at the Republican's victory party in Oshkosh exploded when the race was called. High-fives, hugs, jumping around and dancing were the theme of the night.

The crowd will wait for Johnson to make an appearance, though as of this time Feingold has yet to concede the race.

Dean Thomas, 55, is a Johnson volunteer who, with tears streaming down his cheek, called it the greatest political moment in his life.

The quite optimism at the Feingold party in Middleton grew louder as more people have gathered in the ballroom, but the mood seemed to sag slightly as numbers continue to show Johnson in the lead.

The news that MSNBC called the race for Johnson sent an ominous wave throughout the crowd, but many cheered themselves by discussing the many people in Milwaukee still waiting in lines to vote. Supporters maintain that it is still a close race, as the region traditionally goes to Democrats and is key to the Feingold campaign.

Feingold has never lost an elections in his 18 years as Senator, and many claim to have never believed the numbers that showed Johnson as having a substantial lead over Feingold in the weeks leading up to the election.

The Senator himself has yet to be seen. Attendees remain determinedly enthusiastic.

-- By Ben Sherman and Eva Penzeymoog

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