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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 8:42 PM 

Barrett backers start trickling in to Election Night party

A cadre of more than 40 reporters and photographers from local and national media are filling six tables and a large riser at the Hyatt in downtown Milwaukee, where Mayor Tom Barrett's election night party is being held.

At 8:15 p.m., Barrett supporters are trickling in. Most are dressed casually and wearing Barrett name tag stickers that are being handed to them at the check-in table.

A six-piece bluegrass band is playing outside the conference room, where a podium awaits for Barrett. Mud River Lee and the Blue Grass Orchestra members are strumming on guitars, a banjo, mandolin, fiddle and washboard, while singing songs about union victory.

There's a bar but no food, and most people are sitting quietly, empty-handed. There are four flat-screen TVs are set up, but they are being ignored so far.

-- By Kay Nolan

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