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Young voters cheer Obama's victory at Grand Park party

Hundreds of people erupted into a triumphant cheers in Grand Park in downtown L.A. as news outlets called the election in favor President Obama.

The crowd, made up largely of self-described Democrats in their 20s, broke into a sustained cheer as the major cable news networks declared Obama the winner in Ohio, a major battleground state that was expected to decide the election, about 8:17 p.m.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” said Elizabeth Sanchez, 27, as she jumped up and down, holding the arms of her boyfriend.

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Sanchez, who said she worried voters would be swayed by “false attacks,” said she was relieved when Obama was declared the winner

“He’s done a great job already, and I know he will continue to do a great job,” she said.  

The crowd, which started small grew from a few dozen into the hundreds after 7:30 p.m. The spectators cheered as they watched a 30-foot screen showing election results at the front of the park. Many attendees danced to the music being played through the park’s loudspeakers.

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“Obama was always my guy,” said Simon Hartigan, 29, who stood to the side of the crowd with his orange skateboard as he watched the election results come in. “I’m happy he’s reelected. Deep down, I knew it would happen.”

Meanwhile, at Janice Hahn's election night party, many young voters rejoiced.

The music hadn’t started at the party, and the TV projector wasn’t live yet. Corey Hansford had just arrived and sat down to make small talk.

“I just walked in, saw Obama won, and walked out,” he said to his table-mates, gesturing to the restaurant dining room downstairs.

Kathleen Ly, 23, stopped him in his tracks. “What? Are you sure?” she asked, skeptically.

A moment later she glaced at her cellphone, saw a CNN news feed and shrieked: “You’re right!” she yelled. “He won!”

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-- Wesley Lowery and Christine Mai-Duc

 
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