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Michael Hancock election night victory party gallery (PHOTOS)

During Michael Hancock's victory party at the Exdo Event Center last night, rumblings about Scott Ewing and Denver Players links took a backseat to celebrating a huge win over rival Chris Romer.

Westword photographer Kate Levy was on hand to capture the scene. Check out her images and captions from her slideshow page gallery.

Michael Hancock supporters celebrate the phone call from Chris Romer conceding the 2011 Denver mayoral election.
Michael Hancock supporters celebrate the phone call from Chris Romer conceding the 2011 Denver mayoral election.
Young supporters of the Michael Hancock campaign dance in a circle to upbeat hip-hop favorites from decades past.
Young supporters of the Michael Hancock campaign dance in a circle to upbeat hip-hop favorites from decades past.
Scharlyne Hancock, Michael Hancock's mother, took the podium just after Hancock's win.
Scharlyne Hancock, Michael Hancock's mother, took the podium just after Hancock's win.

 

Hancock supporters, staffers and volunteers await Michael Hancock's victory speech. The crowd began to sing and sway together to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."
Hancock supporters, staffers and volunteers await Michael Hancock's victory speech. The crowd began to sing and sway together to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."
Delegates from Denver's Mongolian sister city, Ulaanbaatar, support Hancock.
Delegates from Denver's Mongolian sister city, Ulaanbaatar, support Hancock.
Councilman Paul Lopez celebrates with one of Hancock's election staff.
Councilman Paul Lopez celebrates with one of Hancock's election staff.

 

Election staffers encourage the anticipating audience to "raise the roof."
Election staffers encourage the anticipating audience to "raise the roof."
Erstwhile mayoral candidate Doug Linkhart was an honored guest at the victory party.
Erstwhile mayoral candidate Doug Linkhart was an honored guest at the victory party.
A staffer surveys the vast crowd of Hancock supporters.
A staffer surveys the vast crowd of Hancock supporters.

 

Outgoing Denver mayor Bill Vidal and his wife share an intimate moment in front of hundreds of Hancock supporters.
Outgoing Denver mayor Bill Vidal and his wife share an intimate moment in front of hundreds of Hancock supporters.
Important players in Michael Hancock's campaign, including Hancock's son and daughter (in the blue and white T-shirts).
Important players in Michael Hancock's campaign, including Hancock's son and daughter (in the blue and white T-shirts).
Hancock's wife, Mary, serenaded the crowd with a song that encouraged supporters to believe in themselves the way they believed in Hancock.
Hancock's wife, Mary, serenaded the crowd with a song that encouraged supporters to believe in themselves the way they believed in Hancock.

 

Mary and a supporter engage in celebratory dancing just prior to Michael Hancock's arrival on stage.
Mary and a supporter engage in celebratory dancing just prior to Michael Hancock's arrival on stage.
Hancock and his wife share a congratulatory kiss.
Hancock and his wife share a congratulatory kiss.
Michael Hancock delivered a long, encouraging victory speech in which he promised to make Denver the "envy of the nation."
Michael Hancock delivered a long, encouraging victory speech in which he promised to make Denver the "envy of the nation."

 

Hancock brought a little boy featured on a campaign poster to the stage, delighting a roaring crowd.
Hancock brought a little boy featured on a campaign poster to the stage, delighting a roaring crowd.
Hancock promised to induce positive progress for Denver.
Hancock promised to induce positive progress for Denver.
With Wellington Webb in the background, Hancock reiterated his well-known campaign slogan, "We are all Denver."
With Wellington Webb in the background, Hancock reiterated his well-known campaign slogan, "We are all Denver."

 

Webb, Denver's mayor between 1991 and 2003, was an important Hancock supporter.
Webb, Denver's mayor between 1991 and 2003, was an important Hancock supporter.
Hancock makes a point.
Hancock makes a point.
Hundreds of balloons descended upon hundreds of supporters, staff, volunteers and family at the conclusion of Michael Hancock's victory speech.
Hundreds of balloons descended upon hundreds of supporters, staff, volunteers and family at the conclusion of Michael Hancock's victory speech.

More from our Politics archive: "Michael Hancock: A Denver mayor's race profile."


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