(11/07/12) - They put in countless hours, and campaigned for months. Now, they can finally relax.
Across the country, millions of dedicated volunteers sacrificed their time during the long election season.
Wednesday, they're reflecting on their efforts, and on the election results.
"I've been involved with politics for a long time and this is probably the most thrilling victory that we had," said Kitty Packard of the Saginaw County Democratic Party.
Saginaw County Democratic Party volunteers are overjoyed with the presidential election results.
"I cried a little bit when Barack Obama gave his speech," Packard said.
Packard says she knew the fight to return to the White House wouldn't be an easy one.
"We were so afraid we were going to lose it, so we worked just as hard, or if not harder than last time four years ago," she said.
Hundreds of volunteers knocked on thousands of doors all over the county, made countless phone calls, handed out literature, buttons, and signs - whatever they could do to rally support for President Obama. And it all paid off.
"Gov. Romney turned his back on Michigan, this was our way of saying we remembered," Packard said.
At Saginaw County Republican Headquarters, emotions aren't as high.
"I'm disappointed with the turnout, the last four years I thought would have been enough to change some peoples minds on President Obama," said Brian Frey of the Saginaw County Republican Party. "We put a ton of work in a lot of phone calls, a lot of door to doors, a lot of calls and it just didn't turn out for us."
But instead of being bitter, Frey says he'll think positive.
"I wish the President the best, I mean I want the country to turn around. We all do. And hopefully we can get it on the right track," he said.
Volunteers from both parties say they look forward to finally getting some rest.
But even though the election is over, there is still a little work to do. Both parties still have to pack up their headquarters - and pick up their yard signs.
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