Trump supporters celebrate and party amid election returns
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It was a tale of two political worlds on election night at Trump International Hotel D.C. — as TV pundits wondered aloud about a blue wave, the crowd gathered at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE’s namesake destination in the nation’s capital was awash in red.

A line formed early in the night outside, with a security detail informing would-be patrons that the establishment was already at capacity before most returns started rolling in from the midterm elections.

Inside, a gathering of hundreds reveled and roared on a night that was privately dreaded among many Republicans, who were bracing for potential losses in House and Senate races across the country.

“I’ve never seen it so packed,” remarked one guest as he made it through the hotel’s lobby to the bar. A hostess at the hotel’s steakhouse, BLT Prime, was heard apologizing on the phone that the culinary hotspot was “completely booked” with reservations on Tuesday.

While Trump has frequently attacked CNN — dubbing it “fake news” — the network had a prime spot in the commander in chief’s eponymous digs, with four large TV screens showing the network along with Fox News (although only Fox’s audio blasted throughout the midterms festivities.)

Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaThe Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Darrell Issa eyes return to Congress Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (R-Calif.) looked relaxed as he had a taste of white wine from the bartender early in the night, before being poured a full glass. Former Fox News host Eric Bolling smiled with selfies for fans throughout the evening.

Guests wined and dined — and dug deep into their wallets — as races were called, with house-popped parmesan truffle popcorn being offered for $15, and a dozen prime cheeseburger sliders setting hungry political junkies back $55.

The crowd served as a sort of vocal barometer for GOP victories and defeats — cheering wildly whenever a Republican was projected to win and jeering at what was considered bad news.

The group booed in unison when TVs announced it was looking to be a tight race between Florida gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum (D) and Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida GOP Florida governor enlists new officer to prepare state for rising sea level MORE (R) — with DeSantis ultimately eking out a win. There were loud whoops heard as Fox projected that Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTaylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Senate passes sweeping budget deal, sending it to Trump MORE (R) was expected to defeat her opponent, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the state’s Senate race.

Although the crowd's reaction appeared more muted when an announcement was made that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE (R) pulled out a win in his high-profile reelection bid against Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeHillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation O'Rourke proposes holding tech platforms accountable for hate speech The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D). Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyA US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE's (R) win over Jenny Wilson (D) in the Utah Senate race elicited a similar low-key response from the largely pro-Trump partygoers. 

A steady slew of journalists were also among the throng, scoping out the election night scene.

Pro-Trump sartorial fashions were on full display as the midterms coverage blared. One woman picked at her food at BLT while sporting a “Proud to be a Deplorable” shirt, another patron donned a t-shirt that read, “Hollywood Sucks.”

Another woman slipped on a bright red jacket over her white dress as she prepared to pose for a photo with a male companion. “I hope this jacket doesn’t make my dress look funny,” she said. “I’ll look like Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE.”