With Obama racking up wins in battleground states and Romney struggling to put one away, the GOP party at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center seemed to be thinning out after 10 p.m. At one point, a smattering of applause rang through the hall when Fox News announced Romney had won Utah.
Attendees seemed to be clinging to any good news after announcements that Democrats won Senate seats in Massachusetts and Indiana. But they soldiered on for a while, holding out hope despite the fact that it was a cash bar.
At the packed bar outside the main ballroom at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, eager Democrats crowded around televisions and burst into cheers as CNN called Pennsylvania for the president and the Massachusetts Senate race for Elizabeth Warren within moments of each other. Staffers and donors milled anxiously about the main party space, waiting for enough Senate races to be called to be able declare themselves the majority-holders yet again.
They would not be disappointed.
Humberto Sanchez, Meredith Shiner and Emma Dumain contributed to this report.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.