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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

 9:26 PM 

Hansen says victory is a first step

In an energetic victory speech Sen. Dave Hansen thanked supporters for their help and said today's vote sets the stage for Dems retaking the state Senate.

“It's the first step; On Aug 9 Nancy Nusbaum and five others, great candidates, have a real chance of changing the balance in the state Senate,” he told the crowd of several hundred to wild cheers.

Hansen noted that while many believed it would be an easy victory, all of three Assembly members from the district are Republican.

“It's not an easy district, and it hasn't been,” Hansen said, as he declared victory over VanderLeest to cheers of “Dave, Dave, Dave

“This election means a lot to this country,” Hansen said. “It's a first step in moving us forward."

Borrowing a line from Steve Kagen, who was in the crowd, Hansen said some people believe government and politics is for the wealthy

“I say it's about our seniors, our children and the working men and women of this state,” he said to cheers.

Following his speech, activists in the crowd repeated a refrain popular during the Capitol protests over the budget repair bill: “Show me what Democracy Looks like! This is What Democracy looks like!”

-- By David A. Wise

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