After walking more than 500 miles and knocking on 7,000 doors across the district since the beginning of the campaign, Lovely said she is going to take the weekend off before continuing her campaign against Republican challenger Joliltz. Then she will "continue to knock on doors. This is a big election and I want to continue to get my message out," she said.
Lovely has been a popular city councilor in Salem, first winning a seat in 1998, then topping the ticket every year since 2003. In her first campaign for higher office, in 2004, she ran against Keenan for Salem's state representative seat and was defeated.
Last night was a much different scene at Lovely headquarters.
When election results flashed onto the projector, a loud roar came from the crowd, most of whom were part of the 300 or so volunteers enlisted to hold signs, knock on doors and make phone calls to get out the vote.
Chants of "We want Joan," started rising through the lodge.
"I have just two words: landslide," said Mayor Driscoll, drawing a loud roar from the crowd. "She outworked 'em, she outwalked 'em, and brought it all the way home to be our next state senator."