PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police estimated the crowd at the IBEW Union Hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side at 500 Tuesday night as Democrats gathered to celebrate what they hoped were victories in the election.

The cheers reached a crescendo when it was announced that President Barack Obama had carried Pennsylvania, and its 20 electoral votes.

But, things got even louder shortly after 11 p.m. when the networks projected an Obama victory in the Presidential Election.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA-TV: “I think what we saw tonight was voters in Pennsylvania come out for the middle class.”

Fitzgerald said he thought President Obama had done a lot to help economic growth in western Pennsylvania, including the controversial auto bailout.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said, “We felt comfortable that the message of President Obama and Sen. Bob Casey was getting through to the hard working, middle class people of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.

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