A few local Democrats began congregating at The Gin in Belton early Tuesday night as TV networks started to broadcast the results.

“Ohio and Florida are the two main races we’re worried about,” said Dion McFall, 34, the communication and marketing chair for the Bell County Democrats. Even before the final results were in, McFall, a Killeen resident, said he felt confident Obama would be re-elected.

“C’mon 270,” he said, referring to the minimum 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

At the Bell County Expo Center, local Democrat candidates and their families watched on big screens as national and local results popped up.

“We’re absolutely sure he is going to win,” said Marianne Miller, Bell County Democratic chairwoman. “He has to win.”

Tuesday was a long day for Miller and other Democrats who spent much of Election Day answering phones and helping people get to the polls.

“It’d be nice to see people this excited about every election,” said Miller, adding turnout has been “fabulous.”

Irene Andrews, a Democrat running for a Bell County commissioner seat, was also confident Obama would win as she watched the results come in. She encouraged local Democrats to step up and run for office more often.

“Diversity always enhances the outcome,” she said, adding local Democrats should “put something out there for people to choose from.”

Contact Jacob Brooks at jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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