The mood was lighthearted and the room full of conversation as Luis Cuevas and Lindsey Jahn anticipated the results of the ASWSU presidential election.
The group was gathered at Jahn’s apartment and snacked while waiting for news.
Cuevas and Jahn appeared calm while talking with their friends, but both said they were nervous to hear the results. Cuevas checked his phone repeatedly for a call and stayed close by the door in preparation for each time the doorbell rang.
“There’s a lot of aspects we learned about ourselves throughout the campaign,” Cuevas said.
He said the campaigning was very clean relative to past years and the candidates sent texts to each other at 8 p.m. congratulating one another.
Jahn said she was nervous but also knew she could not have done any more than they did.
“I’m content,” she said. “It’s been a really fun two days, but I’m glad they’re over.”
Groans came from their friends when Cuevas received a text message from Riley Myklebust saying the results would be in close to 9 p.m.
“I love everyone regardless of what happens,” Jahn shouted out to the group as the hands of the clock passed 9 p.m.
Ryan Pearce, a freshman psychology and neuroscience major, said he knows Cuevas through Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“Luis is in my house but he’s also like my big brother at WSU,” Pearce said.
He said he and a few other freshmen in the fraternity helped Cuevas hang up posters and hand out fliers.
“He’s just been shamelessly abusing his freshmen,” Pearce said, laughing. “But it’s been fun. If we lose we put up a good fight.”
The crowd grew silent as Cuevas announced he had a phone call about 9:10 p.m. All eyes were on him as he spoke with the person on the other end.
“Go Cougs,” Jahn said as Cuevas hung up the phone and announced the two of them did not win.
Cuevas and Jahn hugged as the group clapped and congratulated them on their hard work and clean campaign. With slight tears in his eyes, Cuevas announced Kyle Erdman and Derrick Skaug were the winners.
“They will serve our school well,” Jahn said.
Cuevas said he and Jahn ran a hard campaign and are excited for Erdman and Skaug.
“I think it’s mixed emotions,” Cuevas said. “We’re just glad we (had) a clean campaign.”
He said both he and Jahn plan on applying to serve on Erdman and Skaug’s staff next year.
“I hope they really go forward and do what they said they would in their platform,” Cuevas said.