Author Archive for Amanda Hess

Spotted: McCain Supporter in D.C.

Bill Mallison, a friend, cast his vote for John McCain in the contested state of North Carolina (CNN initial polling projected the state at 50% Obama, 49% McCain, though Obama has now broken away). Mallison may be an out-of-state voter, but he is, at the moment, physically in the District (photo evidence above).
Mallison says he [...]

The Force Is With CNN

Did anyone just see a CNN reporter totally hologrammed into the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer?? You are in command now, Admiral Blitzer! CP beaming technology coming soon. After we get Wireless Internet.

Photos: Spotts Barber Shop On Election Night

The first polls are about to close, and Mister Lloyd is spending Election Day with his family. They're all working past dark at Lloyd's V St. Barber shop, Spotts, which has been on the street for a year but in business for 40. Rodney Pringle (above) works on a close shave while Tommy Comer sits [...]

Party Time, Excellent

Busboys & Poets at 14th & V Sts. NW is at capacity and ready to party, just in time for the first polls closing. There's a line snaking down the block to get a table. My view was from the outside in:

Cutest Voters Ever?

Katherine Dunbar made maximum use of her cramped Precinct 25 voting booth when she cast her ballot this afternoon. Dunbar was joined at her polling place, the Goodwill Baptist Church at 1862 Kalorama Road NW, by two valued consultants: Perry Levitch (age "twelve-and-three-days") and Esme Levitch ("Well, I'll be nine in February") in her Precinct [...]

Photos: Adams Morgan Voter Portraits

Precinct 35 voters exiting the polls around 4 p.m. at Adams Morgan's Iglesia Festival, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW

Irina Van Dusen

Vegetables Against McCain

Emily Richardson, who voted in Maryland earlier today, stands outside the polling place at 19th & Kalorama Rds. NW wearing an elaborate beet costume. She's campaigning for the Obama-Biden ticket nationally and for the Statehood Green ticket locally, but mostly, she's campaigning against McCain. Richardson confirms that if McCain wins the election, she may destroy [...]

Watkins Elementary Leads Local Race in Baked Goods, Book Learning

A commenter on the newhilleast Listserv commends Watkins Elementary for its election day coverage, which included an array of baked goods and the city's youngest upstart exit pollster:
I ended up staying in line for over an hour and forty-five minutes, which is never fun, but it was wonderful to watch how the school was interacting [...]

Photos: U Street Corridor

McCain’s Concession Speech: A Few Tips

CP's Ted Scheinman, who's been running around trying to document this entire historic election on videotape, also has a great Slate piece out today instructing John McCain how to lose gracefully. Read Scheinman's tips for McCain's (knock on wood, salt over shoulder, Obama jersey unwashed for two years) concession speech—informed by the examples of such [...]

What Would Ben’s Chili Bowl Do?

Ben's Chili Bowl is an epicenter of District Obama supporters. Nearly every employee wears a button—or twelve. Everyone's expecting a clear win for Ben's favorite candidate. But what are they going to do if McCain wins? I spoke to D.C. residents enjoying their election day lunch at Ben's to find out their worst case scenarios.

Carl [...]

Photos: Iglesia Festival, Adams Morgan

Scenes from this morning’s poll outside Iglesia Festival, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW

Who Voted at Precinct 35?

Outside the City Paper's polling place,  Iglesia Festival, 1640 Columbia Rd., 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., Precinct Captain Paul Motsuk said 1,050 people had voted there so far.

Allan Jirikowic

Photos: 15th Street Presbyterian Church

9 a.m. at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church, 1701 15th St. NW.

Photos: Voting at Marie H. Reed

I just stopped by Marie H. Reed, 2200 Champlain St. NW. A friend told me she waited a little over 30 minutes for her boyfriend to cast his vote there.