Peak Democrats have three reasons to celebrate

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Democrats feel like they hit a home run on election night.

The mood was festive at the election night party as President Barrack Obama took the lead in the election and held on for a projected victory.

Party leaders thanked the countless volunteers who made phone calls and went door to door to support Obama.

Many of those supporters can rest easy knowing their work paid off.

"I feel relieved, I feel he needs another 4 years to straighten things out and we can't go back" said Ann Luciani.

Obama did not win El Paso County but did take the state of Colorado according to projections.

Local Democrats also found reason to celebrate with projected wins in the state legislature.

It seems Pete Lee will hold onto House District 18 defeating Republican challenger Jennifer George.

"Now the real work begins. With the majority in the state House, we have an obligation to create good policy," said Lee. "It's not going to be defeated on party line votes it's going to be defeated on party line votes."

Lee said he's looking forward to working on job creation measures and developing a statewide economic development plan.

Lee helped recruit another projected winner and future colleague in the House, Tony Exum Sr. Exum is a retired firefighter who Lee talked into running against incumbent Mark Barker.

"I don't really consider myself a politician, I consider myself a public servant and that's my mindset," said Exum. "I do things that improve the quality of life not only for my constituents in House District 17 but for all Coloradans."

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