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On election night, you needn't look far for high drama

November 12, 2006|By Chiaki Kawajiri and Lloyd Fox | Chiaki Kawajiri and Lloyd Fox,Sun Staff

Still, the questions remain — Newspaper photographers live for moments of high drama but often find themselves attempting to work magic on scenes that are far more mundane. But sure-fire drama is frequently available on election night, particularly when the races have been tight and fiercely fought.

Still, the questions remain - just what kind of high emotions will emerge when the candidates and their families make their long-anticipated appearances on the stage? Will it be a victory celebration or a wake?

Supporters, many of whom have worked with little rest for weeks, crowd into the ballroom or theater, sipping their drinks or anxiously eyeing televisions if they are available, and prepare themselves for the verdict.

Just after midnight last Wednesday at the Hippodrome on Baltimore's west side, anticipatory whispers spread, the music rose and a victorious Martin O'Malley appeared, surrounded by his family, an enormous grin on his face, his fist raised in joyous victory - a moment to capture and remember.

A few hours later, the mood was very different as supporters of Michael S. Steele comforted one another and pondered their loss in the governor's reception room at the State House in Annapolis as the candidate conceded that his race for a U.S. Senate seat had fallen short.

A portfolio of other images taken by Sun photographers can be seen at www.baltimoresun.com/viewfinder.

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