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Tense moments turn to celebration for Dems

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Hillary Clinton struggled to win the local vote, but the former New York senator ended up winning big across most of the state in Tuesday's primary.  After some tense moments, when the vote tallies appeared decided, Democratic headquarters was filled with excitement from party leaders who strongly supported Clinton.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster was at Democratic headquarters as the results came in, a sign of his support for Clinton. Dyster reached back to the inauguration of President Obama to talk about the Clinton candidacy.

"I felt not just that I was witnessing American history but that I had been part of creating it," Dyster said.

"We're going to in 2016 elect our first woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton!"

Senator Tim Kennedy agreed, talking about his seven-year-old daughter's interest in the Clinton campaign. Kennedy told the crowd they are working on the campaign of a potential world leader.
"To say that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the person that we feel best represents our community, best represents our state and is going to best represent our country as the president and leader of the free world and the United States of America across the globe."

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner reminded the crowd to relax for a day or two and then get back to work because it's a long time until this summer's national convention in Philadelphia and even longer to the November election.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.