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As for the election, Bette and Milner traded leads the rest of the evening. Dani and Pierce shuffling back and forth with updates and data information. Bette and Dani’s heads frequently bent over the PR manager’s tablet scanning numbers and percentages. Dani’s assistant, Riley, keeping track of districts won or lost on a large LA district map on one wall of the ballroom.
Then Jason came looking for Bette to join Dani in the side room again. Bette caught Tina’s eye and mouthed for her to follow. Tina nodded she would and suggested to Angie to stay with Shane and Quiara while she went to meet with Bette. It was getting late in the evening and Tina had a feeling that this could be the time for the final numbers to be reported. Tina met Bette in the doorway to the room and they entered together, hand in hand.
“They just said that district 7 will announce their results in a few minutes.” Pierce informs the couple as they enter the room.
Dani was already in front of the large TV scene. Riley standing to her left. Pierce and Jason huddled together and standing close by. Bette and Tina still holding hands. Both taking deep breathes and then Tina squeezed Bette’s hand in support.
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Bette and Tina now moved closer to the large television screen, but still standing behind the other 4 people in the room. Tina wrapped her left arm around Bette’s waist and pulled her close. She wanted to offer both her physical and emotional support to the candidate. She gave Bette a quick kiss on the cheek for encouragement. Bette too wrapped her right arm around Tina and held on tight awaiting the final count.
The election coverage television program came back on to live coverage. The network anchor appearing on the TV screen with campaign graphics and numbers posted behind him. His laptop open on the anchor desk and papers scattered around him.
The assembled team tried carefully to listen to what the anchor was reporting. Pierce turned the volume up on the television.
All districts by this time in the evening had reported their results. All votes counted fairly and equally, even the mail in and absentee ballots. Analysis of the numbers already done. Then the anchor looked into the camera and made the announcement.