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UPDATED: Republican Celebration Underway for Bono Mack, Nestande

The contingent is still waiting on results for the local Congressional and Assembly races, after being disappointed by President Obama's victory.

Final update:

Just before midnight, after the hall had emptied out, Bono Mack addressed the few media who remained. She was backed up by supporters who cheered and waived signs.

"It's a tight race, we were expecting a tight race," Bono Mack said. "We're also used to kind of slow races. The results kind of trickle out slowly here. But you know, we're in for the long haul. It's a spirited race, a close race but still feeling very optimistic. Of course a night like this you'd like to have it over sooner rather than later and have a huge number but that's not the case it's a tight race, and again we're feeling very optimistic."

Bono Mack also discussed the presidential race:

"Of course I'm saddened. I think the popular vote was quite close. Big fan of Mitt Romney's I think he ran a very great campaign, I think he's a great man. But the country saw it differently. Regardless of who was going to win the presidency we're in for a tough couple months still in congress and certainly a tough four years ahead of us. A lot of tough things have to be tackled, the debt, deficit, spending, national security, jobs, we better really get a handle on those things very quickly, the next presidents going to have a tough job."

12 a.m.

Assemblyman Nestande spoke to Patch prior to the hall clearing out, stating he'd stay up for a couple more hours tracking his race:

"I'm glad that I have a comfortable lead at this point but we'll wait for the final results but it seems as if I have a good lead right now. And nationally, yeah it didn't go our way, and we come back and continue to fight. That's politics. You win some, you lose some."

10 p.m.

The volume on the T.V. was turned up for Mitt Romney's concession speech. People are still milling about as the congressional race is still too close to call, but most of the tables are empty now. 

9:15 p.m.

Bono Mack came out to a loud ovation and addressed the crowd. She's prepared for a long night. The congresswoman capped off her welcome to the crowd by adding "I think Ohio is too close to call. I'm surprised the media did it."

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The election night celebrations for Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) and Assemblyman Brian Nestande are underway at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage. 

It was a party atmosphere until the room went quite for about 15 minutes after it was shown on the T.V. that President Obama was declared victorious in his bid for reelection.

Naturally, the one and only T.V. in the conference room is tuned to Fox News.

The excitement picked back up after an announcement was made that Bono Mack and Nestande hold narrow leads in their respective races.

Stay tuned for more from Rancho Las Palmas.

Be sure to track the results of all local races through our real-time updated coverage here.

Related:

Find out what the Democrats were up to on election night here.

Sarah Valdivia November 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
bone head is out and the Doctor is in...lol
Ern Batavia November 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
another hateful democrat comment.
Sarah Valdivia November 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
just a reality bites honey booo boo
Sarah Valdivia November 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
and i am not a demo i am a human being thanks
VoiceInThe Desert November 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Yes, unlike all the loving, giving, compassionate statements from Rove and associates. Get real!
Karla Payne November 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Ditto, Ern. I've been reading them all day long on various websites. It would have been refreshing, even classy, if these leftists had shown a little "grace" in their victories. Had the results been reversed, we wouldn't result to "LOLs," "HAHAHAs," and "we won, you lost, so deal with it." I still wonder why a DOCTOR would be in favor of Obamacare. I also wonder what "good" he's planning for our district. Would you people please stop referring to Ruiz (or any other M.D.) as the "good doctor." It's so patronizing.
Nena Simon November 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM
another hateful democratic comment, PLEASE, have you ever heard the hateful comments from your buddies rush, hannity etc. Open your ears Ern
Karla Payne November 07, 2012 at 11:06 PM
You're probably talking to me, too, Nena. I haven't listened to "Rush, Hannity etc." today. All my news and from reading the comments sections, have come from the Internet today. Have YOU listened to them today? I doubt that they've been nearly as hateful as the comments (mostly anonymous) posted elsewhere today.
David L. Arnce November 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Very rude, but typical.....
D November 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Ern...... Obama won. Don't be upset that it was not only the popular vote but electorial vote that put him back in office. SO GET OVER IT.
D November 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
KARLA, TRY LISTENING TO KCRW NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIOM the NON -COMMERCIAL, NON CORPORATE SPONSORED RADIO SHOW 89.3 FM......THE ONE MITT WAS GOING TO STOP FUNDING IF HE GOT INTO OFFICE. YOU GET TO HEAR THE 'REAL' NEWS WITHOUT BIAS DUE TO SPONSORSHIP.
D November 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
ANN COULTER, KARL ROVE, RUSH LIMBAUGH, DONALD TRUMP, MITCH MCCONNEL, SARAH PALIN TODD AKIN, .........JUST TO NAME A FEW OF THE REALLY WHACKY MEMBERS OF THE GOP. THESE PEOPLE ARE THE 'HATERS' FOLKS........REALLY!!!
John Mackey November 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The Good Doctor Has A Remedy For The Salton Sea.
Karla Payne November 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
And just what would that be?
John Mackey November 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Ahh, Ms Karla, Thanks for asking. The last I heard, the newly minted Representative will seek a Congressional Resolution to obtain from Mexico, clean seawater from the Gulf, to be pumped (solar powered) up to Mexicali, where it would flow by gravity 66-miles north to the Sea. A small desalination plant would be built in The Valley, in order to equalize the salt in the sea with that in the Gulf. Sounds Brilliant, don't you agree?
Karla Payne November 13, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Ah, Mr. Mackey--nothing brilliant has come out of Ruiz' mouth since he started his campaign. There was no mention, specifically, about restoring the Salton Sea. Where did you get this info?

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