Election Day is cold and rainy.
The sky goes from overcast to drizzling to full pouring rain in Greene County as the last voters leave the polls.
At the Linton, Ind., headquarters of District 62 statehouse candidate Jeff Sparks , supporters and family have gathered to wait for the election results. Campaign treasurer Terri Neighbors checks news sites for vote tallies on a ? borrowed laptop.
Polls closed more than three hours ago and Sparks is restless, picking up empty soda bottles and cups and crossing the room to throw them out. He pulls at his neck while a volunteer speculates about votes in Monroe County.
No update yet.
His phone rings.
Sparks answers to greet his campaign manager — “Hello, Jon” — and disappears around the corner into a dim storage room. He stands and listens, his reply inaudible over volunteers’ chatter. His back is to them, his profile just visible over his shoulder as he turns his head ? toward the phone.
He hangs up and walks back into the ? brightly lit room.
“Well, that’s it.”