Does your political affiliation determine how you snack? Judging solely by what's being served today to volunteers at King County Democratic and Republican party headquarters, the answer's definitely yes.
The Democrats' spread is homemade, multicultural (we just missed the tamales), somewhat disorderly and nutritious. "We try to keep it healthy," a volunteer explained while a colleague fished a piece of candy out of a straw basket partially obscured by trays of fruit and vegetables.
The King County Dems are staunch believers in carb loading for election night: Hot foods on the table included pasta shells with marinara sauce and mac-and-cheese. For protein, there's chili, cheese and peanut butter. "People just say 'I'll bring this,'," said a volunteer, who expected the table to be replenished throughout the day.
The Republicans' operation in Bellevue is considerably smaller than the Democrats' office on South Rainier, and the food options reflect the size difference: There were only four foods on the nosh table around 1:30 p.m. GOP volunteers had their pick of packaged red licorice, microwave popcorn, Top Pot doughnuts and Jimmy John's subs. But the most important item on offer is coffee, essential for elections unlikely to be called early. (Interestingly, the beverage wasn't nearly as prominent at Democratic headquarters, where the volunteers appeared ready to ride out the results on the strength of community spirit.)