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Teetering into the nite

Election night rolls out surprises and celebs

Election Night parties bled into early morning hours along with news reports on the president’s teetering victory.

The show went on in Boston despite John Kerry‘s uncertain fate, with James Taylor, Carole King and Sheryl Crow among the performers entertaining the candidate’s faithful. Meanwhile, many industryites at Election Night parties kept their eyes glued to television screens — at least early on.

Miramax Films co-topper and Democratic booster Harvey Weinstein, who co-hosted a bipartisan Election Night party with GOP backer Georgette Mosbacher at heavy-hitters haunt the Palm, kept his cool as the party got into full swing.

“This is always a wonderful event,” said Weinstein, with one eye securely on a flat-screen TV and another on a stream of well-wishers. “You fight with everyone all year long, and every four years, and then you throw a bash to blow off a little steam.”

Though the party was slated to run till 1 a.m., the cognoscenti stayed conscious for an hour past closing. But by 2, even the most diehard Dems, including Weinstein, headed home.

Over in Chelsea, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his cadre of fake news commentators didn’t show up at their own election viewing party at the Park until after the show’s live telecast concluded further uptown.

Around midnight, Stewart, an unapologetic Kerry backer, did not seem particularly worried about the senator’s fate.

“I’m more exhausted by the process at this point,” he said. “I certainly have my own desires, but I’m also pretty philosophical about the state of the system.”

He also joked about the media frenzy over his show.

“Clearly we are unworthy,” he said. “Clearly what they imagine our influence to be is not the case.”

Soiree, which didn’t end until around 2 a.m., also attracted Ethan Hawke, Mena Suvari, Tom Freston, Judy McGrath and Doug Herzog.

At Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s BevHilton bash, the focus was squarely on the former action star’s reform slate of initiatives rather than the presidential vote. The governor waited until 11:38 p.m. — after Sen. John Edwards‘ televised speech was over but well before a final decision in the presidential race — to come down and tell the gathering: “We have a winner tonight: The people of California.”

His announcement that George Bush had probably won re-election met with a decidedly tepid response, and though he closed by urging the crowd, “Let’s party,” the tired assemblage quickly filed out.

Downtown at the Biltmore, Red Wagon topper Douglas Wick and producer Jerry Zucker celebrated the turnout for Prop. 71 stem-cell research initiative.

Wick expressed optimism a Golden State win would “set the tone for the rest of the country.”

(David S. Cohen and Addie Morfoot contributed to this report.)

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