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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 9:02 PM 

Grothman says returns show tight race at Hovde party

About 75 people have gathered so far for Eric Hovde's Election Night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

Attendees are chatting and sipping on beverages from the cash bar and watching early returns on four large flat-screen TVs, each one tuned to a different Milwaukee affiliate. Light alternative rock is playing on a pair of large speakers.

The room is sparsely decorated, with a stage on one wall with a Hovde banner on the backdrop and a Hovde sign on the podium. A Wisconsin flag and an American flag flank the stage.
Among notables in attendance are GOP Sens. Glenn Grothman and Leah Vukmir.

Grothman briefly took the stage to thank people for coming. He said early returns show it is a tight race.

“The good news is we won't have to go home at 9 o'clock,” he quipped.

Hovde is in a back room watching returns.

-- By David Wise

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