Volume 74, Number 28 | November 10 - 16, 2004

Picture Story

The thrill of near victory; the agony of defeat

Villager photos by Q. Sakamaki

On Election Day, John Kerry was back in Boston in his home state of Massachusetts. Things started out expectantly, as Kerry supporters headed to the polls hoping he could pull off a victory like their Red Sox had done in the World Series. A group of American Muslims and Arabs urged people to vote for the senator. The candidate cheerfully saluted supporters as he left the Union Oyster House. Things were initially looking up based on exit polls, but then the mood abruptly turned as President Bush began to make up ground. As the night dragged on with no decision, Kerry backers in Boston’s Copley Sq. could not hide their concern, as they increasingly felt it boded ill for the Democrat’s chances. The following day, his supporters, waving signs, waited to hear Kerry’s concession speech and to thank him for his campaign, though some still hoped he wouldn’t concede.

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