"I'm sad the public discourse has gotten to the point where it's really dirty intimidation," Sawyer said, referring to reports across the country about voter intimidation in minority-heavy neighborhoods. "I thought we left that behind with the Civil Rights act."

When the reports came in on the TV that Obama was projected to win Pennsylvania, the crowd erupted with cheers.

Smith comments on Question 6

Havre de Grace Councilman Joe Smith, Harford County's only openly gay politician, was also at the Democratic party Tuesday night. Wednesday afternoon he said he was there until about 1 a.m.

"It was such a good night," he said, "We were all pretty elated."

When Smith heard the news that it appeared same-sex marriage would pass in Maryland, he stayed calm.

"I immediately thought of my partner," he said. Smith described the feeling as having someone recognize your value, an affirmation. "An entire state has affirmed that our relationship is something to be valued."

With the election over, the councilman is looking forward to moving onto business that affects all citizens, he said, "and trying to figure out how to improve the city."

On a personal note, Smith and his partner are planning to become a legally married couple "as soon as possible in January" with a larger celebration in the fall, just in time for their 25th anniversary.

Aegis correspondent Hafiz Rashid contributed to this article.