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Rachelle Bradt, a Harlem resident for 27 years chose to vote for Obama after reading his book, comparing his policies to those of Clinton, comparing his website to those of the other candidates and reading Andrew Sullivan’s article in The Atlantic. “I noticed this campaign was something different, back before all the celebrities did in December,” said Bradt. “This is a historic moment. If we don’t seize this historic opportunity, they don’t come again. We don’t get second chances.”
As results from the Texas primaries began to pour in Bradt said, “We’re looking at every number coming in for Texas. I am guardedly optimistic that it might happen. If Texas goes Obama that’s when I’ll be happy, happy, happy.”
Not everyone knew what was going on in the Tribal Spears Gallery this evening. Janeka Gray, an employee at Harlem’s Children Zone, stumbled into the gallery to enjoy a muffin, and found herself in the middle of a party in support of Barack Obama. “I am undecided,” said Gray, “but I have been influenced by my friends to support Obama.” Though Gray sees little difference between the two contenders for the Democratic candidacy, she said, “I think people see Obama as a a real American. Most of our Presidents have come from wealthy backgrounds, but he is working class.”
Harlem4Obama, a grassroots organization dedicated to delivering New York’s 15th Congressional District to Senator Barack Obama, waits in front of MSNBC’s television newscast for the results returning from Vermont, where polls closed at 7 p.m. Though MSNBC just called the state for Obama and McCain, most other major news networks, including nytimes.com awaits more results. The watch party began at 6:30 p.m. at the Tribal Spears Gallery on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 116th and 117th streets in Harlem. As of 7 p.m. the party lacked a main ingredient for success – attendees.