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Some election night watchers prefer to watch with crowds

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Forget sitting alone in the living room. Some election night watchers keeping an eye on the presidential race wanted company.

So they headed out to bars and diners to catch the returns on big screen televisions.

Zach Blew in Charlotte says "for me, it's kind of like the Super Bowl. There's competition. I want to spend my night watching Barack Obama win".

Sitting in a diner in Charlotte, Blew says "I think I'm going to have to set my alarm for 12:30a - get up and check the polls - it's gonna be close".

Other election watchers predicted a late night, still they decided to go out and watch with crowds.

Veda Covington tells WBTV "I do think it's going to be a long night. I don't know how long I'll be here but I think it's going to be a long night".

Phoenix Stong Stellamaris says "I feel so strongly that so much is at stake with this election - for some reason it was important to me to share this with other people".

The presidential race, widely reported during the campaign as too close to call, had a projected winner after 11pm EST.

CBS News at 11:15p projected President Obama winning a second term.

Christopher Jones says "this election and 2008 election got voters energized. It's great to be out around people who are energized about voting and seeing everyone waiting for results".

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