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A Victory Party
By Ellen Mitcham, 11
Scholastic Student Reporter


The Scholastic Student Reporters at John Edwards victory party. From left to right: Ellen Mitcham, Kristen Toliver, Crystal McRae, Stephan Carney, and John Dixon. (Photo: Steven Ehrenberg)
Tuesday, February 3—Today was an exciting day. I polled voters about why they voted the way they did, was interviewed by local TV stations, and attended John Edwards's campaign party.

I learned that when you are in the media, you cannot tell who you support. And at the exit polls, we learned that some people, even though we asked very nicely, do not want to tell you who they voted for. But we got to meet a lot of new people and the experience was something I will never forget.

After we did the exit polling we went to Jillian's, a restaurant where Senator Edwards had his party. I learned from our editors that if Senator Edwards didn't win the South Carolina primary he would drop out of the race, just like Joe Lieberman did later that night when he lost Delaware.

When we got to the restaurant, there were news trucks everywhere! Reporters walked around and set up cameras. After we ate dinner, the supporters began coming in and watching all the TVs. The polls in South Carolina close at 7:00 p.m., so the results started coming in immediately. By 7:05, the media was reporting Edwards as the winner in South Carolina. All the people started screaming "Edwards" and stomping their feet. It was a fun place to be.

We made our way up to the stage area where Senator Edwards was going to make his victory speech. As the time passed, more and more people arrived, and it became very crowded. While we were waiting for Senator Edwards, I was interviewed by News 19, a local TV station in Columbia. The crowd kept cheering for Senator Edwards and once he arrived, they began clapping and chanting his name.

I think that if I was Senator Edwards and walking through that crowd I would have been nervous. But Senator Edwards didn't seem at all nervous, because he was hugging and shaking hands with all the people and seemed to be right at home.

Edwards spoke and then balloons fell onto the crowd. On the way out, Kristen and I were interviewed by a Charleston, South Carolina, news station, which was also exciting. After the excitement was over, we sat down and began writing our article. While sitting there, Senator Edwards walked right by and I got to shake his hand. I thought it was an honor to shake hands with John Edwards, maybe our future President.