On Election Day, campaigns are singularly focused on GOTV efforts, but once the polls close, attention turns to Twitter and TV screens as candidates and their supporters learn their results at watch parties.
With the issue of the Madison school district's achievement gap on the front burner, the city's two school board races generated lots of interest for this spring election. Candidates will gather with their supporters tonight to await the results at watering holes around town.
For the Seat One election, challenger Nichelle Nichols will be at the Coliseum Bar starting at 6 p.m., and incumbent Arlene Silveira will be at the Brink Lounge starting at 8 p.m. In the race for the open Seat Two, Mary Burke will be at the downtown Great Dane starting at 6 p.m., and Michael Flores will be at the Harmony Bar starting at 7 p.m.
Additionally, a group named Citizens for Dane County's Future will also gathering to follow results and support progressive candidates for the Board of Supervisors. This Italian Workmen's Club, and starts at 8:30 p.m.
The Republican Party of Dane County is hosting two events for this election night. The first is its regular monthly Babe's Restaurant & Cocktails in Fitchburg from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. The party then moves to the Esquire Club at 8 p.m., where the results of the presidential primary will be among the closely followed results.
Polls close at 8 p.m., and with that all of the parties will be in full swing.