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Bradley: Gore 'Won' Super Tuesday
By LAURENCE ARNOLD, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Music captured the mood at Bill Bradley's campaign party Tuesday night. As the first polls closed at 7 p.m., the blues echoed through a nearly empty room.
The campaign had told the Harlem-based Real Deal Soul Band to be ready to break into ''Ain't No Stopping Us Now'' if the night took a surprising turn for the better.
The cue never came.
The crowd eventually did, with some 1,000 Bradley supporters packing a hotel ballroom in midtown Manhattan, 20 blocks from Madison Square Garden, where Bradley found basketball stardom playing for the New York Knicks.
But the night was not one for celebration. Wearing stony expressions, dozens of key supporters assembled on stage at 9 p.m. to await a concession speech everyone knew would come.
It happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. as Bradley told the crowd he had placed a congratulatory call to Vice President Al Gore.
''He won. I lost,'' Bradley said, promising to announce a decision on his future shortly.
''Keep running, Bill!'' yelled a supporter from the crowd.
Before and after the speech, closed-circuit televisions throughout the room played a Bradley campaign film featuring clips of Bradley, his wife Ernestine and such high-profile supporters as Harvard professor Cornel West, Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and actor Harvey Keitel.
The film played in a loop, over and over, never reaching an end
Young Bradley aides, who have spent months working in his West Orange, N.J., office, had already converged on New York City for a few nights of partying.
Other supporters brought Mardi Gras beads, determined to celebrate Fat Tuesday if not Super Tuesday.
Volunteers wearing blue ''Team Bradley'' identification passes nibbled snacks and waited for something, anything, to cheer.
Many had never worked on a campaign before, like Ory Brown of New York, an opera singer who spent her free afternoons helping the Bradley campaign.
''All I know is what I did,'' Brown said. ''I worked really hard and I voted, and that's all I can do.'' ()())()()())()()()()()()()()()()()()(()( personal note to KB and LB -- GO TO BED (not together)! IT'S OVER and we have a lot of work to do tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 07, 2000
Big Mouth ... you do. You just do. KB is looking for you on the usual frequency, BTW. G'Night.
-- (Ladybuckeye_59@yahoo.com), March 07, 2000.