For Iowa Democrats Election Night was bittersweet.
Crowds celebrated the news of President Barack Obama’s re-election but also showed support towards long-time Congressman Leonard Boswell for his loss to Congressman Tom Latham.
As the results started to come in, volunteers, politicians and democratic supporters gathered to celebrate a hard-fought campaign.
“You have to commit for the things that you believe in, and I believe that he did a good job and that we should say so,” says Obama Volunteer Mary Lee Madison.
As news spread that President Obama would be re-elected the crowd went wild, cheering, “four more years, four more years.”
Hundreds of volunteers celebrated knowing all their sleepless nights and hours of door knocking and phone calls had paid off.
“The fact that Iowa went to Obama was just so thrilling, it’s gratification, we put in a lot of hard work and you put in a lot of time, and you go through a lot of different neighborhoods and talk to people, and then you see that your work actually made the difference it means so very much,” says Obama Volunteer Al Womble.
However, the mood quickly shifted as the crowd heard long-time Congressman Leonard Boswell lost against Congressman Tom Latham.
In a heart-felt speech, Boswell thanked his family and long-time supporters for nearly 30 years in politics.
“It’s been my honor, and my privilege and Thanksgiving, to serve amongst you, and serve you for these many, many years,” says Boswell in his concession speech.
One of Boswell’s interns and Obama volunteers said for him the evening was bittersweet.
“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always loved Leonard Boswell, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to expel my energy to try to get him re-elected. It didn’t turn out right but that’s fine that’s politics that’s campaigning but the great thing is that we have President Obama for another four years,” says Obama Volunteer and Boswell Intern Taylor Van De Krol.
Congressman Boswell served three terms in the U.S. Senate, and will conclude his 8th term in the U.S. House before heading into retirement with his wife Dody on their family farm near Lamoni, Iowa.