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In Part 2, LL arrives at incumbent Republican Carol Schwartz‘s headquarters at about 9:30 p.m., just in time to catch her giving what she termed a “reality check” to supporters, with a mere 20 percent of precincts reporting. Immediately afterward, LL claimed on City Desk that Schwartz had conceded; others claimed no concession had been made.
Here’s a reality check: It was a concession speech. Watch LL’s exclusive video and see for yourself.
In attendance were colleagues Jim Graham of Ward 1 and Mary M. Cheh of Ward 3, not to mention much of the local Republican leadership. After Schwartz’s remarks, she retreated to the back room and showed reporters the numerous mailings sent to local Republicans by opponent Patrick Mara and the secretive “Citizens for Empowerment PAC.”
Toward 10 p.m., new numbers came in from the Board of Elections—-the bad numbers—-and Schwartz staffer Denise Wiktor began wondering exactly what the hell was going on. That’s when LL bolted for Judiciary Square.