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Election Night Watch Party at Kent Stage

Theater to host Democratic watch party for election starting at 7 p.m.

Local Democrats will be hosting an Election Day watch party Tuesday evening inside the Kent Stage in downtown Kent.

The theater is opening its doors starting at 7 p.m. to air presidential race coverage on the stage's 30-foot movie screen.

Beth Sadowski, the watch party's host, said she wanted to throw the watch party specifically for Democrats to celebrate all the hard work they've done in this latest election campaign.

"And I honestly think they deserve to have a little of a celebration," Sadowski said. "We’re putting it on just so we can have a place where people cane come and congregate and celebrate all together."

If Sadowski sounds confident that most Democrats, including President Barack Obama, will win on Tuesday, you're right.

"I certainly am," she said. "I’ve seen and heard what people are feeling and saying. I’m very confident we will have something to celebrate on Tuesday night."

Sadowski worked on the Obama for America campaign for this election and also worked on the president's campaign locally during the 2008 election.

She said the presidential race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will likely be the star attraction at Tuesday's watch party, but the plans include monitoring local elections, which include races for the Portage County Board of Commissioners and Issue 11, a 0.25 percent income tax increase that would pay to build a new Kent Police Department.

The watch party is scheduled to stay open until at least 2 a.m.

"To make sure we get all the returns," Sadowski said. "If early on in the night we hear the president … is reelected, we want to be sure everybody has enough time to hug and celebrate and do the things they can do while they’re at the Kent Stage."

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