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I’ve been chatting with people from El Cajon, Oceanside, La Mesa, Clairemont and, of all places, Louisville, Ky., over at the US Grant, local GOP election night headquarters.

In town this week for a business conference, a couple of men from Kentucky were drowning their sorrows at Dobson’s earlier this evening over the news that Third District Republican four-year incumbent Anne Northup had lost to Democrat John Yarmuth.

At the restaurant they ran into a group of Bilbray supporters, who invited them over to the US Grant to celebrate the preliminary results for the 50th District.

“We’re both political animals,” Brink Spruill said. “We were really lamenting [Northup’s] loss, but we’re really excited over here.”

When I ran into them, they were dragging cardboard Bilbray support signs around, looking for the party.

And Bilbray himself made a quick appearance in the hotel lobby to be interviewed for Fox News. In the interview he said that a crackdown on illegal immigration, a major thrust of his campaign, would likely play a large role in the House after the election.

“Illegal immigration is something Republicans and Democrats have ignored far too long,” he said in that interview.

KELLY BENNETT

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