With Republicans expected to make significant gains in Congress in Tuesday's elections, District Democrats hunting for a celebration on Election Night might have no choice but to find a victory party sponsored by a local candidate for office.
In a city where three out of four voters are registered Democrats, it's a safe bet that most of the Democratic candidates running on the ballot in the District this year will emerge victorious. Still, even in the District, analysts will be on the lookout for a possible GOP upsets in the ward council races, particularly in Ward 3, where council member Mary M. Cheh (D) is locked in a heated contest with Republican David Hedgepeth.
But if you are looking to hit the party circuit, here is a run-down of where local candidates plan to hold their Election Night parties.
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), the presumptive mayor, and council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large), who is expected to easily win election as chairman, are holding a joint celebration at Love in the 1300 block of Okie Street NE.
Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) will be watching the returns at Tunnicliff's Tavern in the
2000 200 block of Seventh Street SE, across from Eastern Market in Capitol Hill.
Council member David A. Catania (I-At large) will be hosting a party at the Duplex Dinner at the intersection of 18th and U streets NW.
Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) is hosting a 50th birthday and election party at Love, where he will apparently join forces with Brown and Gray.
Cheh (D-Ward 3) will be gathering with supporters at Morty's in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.
Hedgepeth will be watching the returns from the Roney Room on the first floor of 801 Connecticut Ave. NW.
The Write Fenty In campaign plans to gather at a local bar, although the location is still being ironed out.
Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), who is widely favored to claim one of the two-at large seats, will not be holding a party.
The D.C. Republican Committee will be hosting a bash for local supporters at the M Street Bar & Grill in the 2100 block of M Street NW downtown.