California may be Clinton country, but Barack Obama has won San Francisco, home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and more than a half-dozen delegates. True, it's a symbolic win, but symbols are what we're looking at tonight. Mayor Gavin Newsom was a high profile Hillary backer, but the progressives on the Board of Supervisors and other bodies backed Barack. Numbers now in SF are Obama 52 % and Clinton 44% with 78 % counted.
By around 9:30 pm it seemed clear at Hillary's campaign HQ that she had won the popular vote in California. A full room and diverse crowd gathered around the blaring TV, cheered and chanted her name. Rev. Amos Brown spoke to deafening cheers as he questioned the substance behind Obama's rhetoric but praised the "two fine democratic competitors." Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting spoke briefly.
I often find Fat Tuesday a dizzying night. And some of the usual factors are in play: beads around my neck and a cocktail within reach. But that's not why I'm reeling. Holy shit, this Super part of Fat Tuesday is overwhelming, with so many numbers coming in from so many states, with all of it being sliced and diced by so many talking heads and number crunchers. And as I watch the swirl of data, the main impression I get is that nothing much changed today, except for the fact that we're inching our truly weird democratic process toward an uncertain conclusion. Read more »
Piggybacking on the turnout from the presidential election was one of the reasons that Prop. A, the $185 million parks bond, was targeted for this first ever February ballot, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department director Yomi Agunbiade told me at the Yes on Prop. A party at Boudin's Bakery in Fisherman's Wharf. "We're definitely riding that wave, " he said minutes after the proposition posted its first real numbers at 67.6 % in favor, surpassing that always difficult 66.6 % it needs to win. Attending the shindig are Sup. Read more »
CNN is projecting that Clinton will win California. If that's the case, it will be thanks to her agressive absentee program; she banked a lot of votes over the past month, long before Obama began to pick up momentum.
That's a big political bounce for Clinton, even if it won't amount to a huge difference in delegates.
The California results aren't in, but it's clear that nationwide, nobody dominated Super Tuesday. Clnton and Obama have split the big states, and will split the delegates in California (even if one of them wins the popular vote). Same for the GOP -- there's no clear winner tonight.
So it looks to me right now as if there's a very good chance that both parties will go into their nominating conventions without a clear nominee. For the first time in my adult life, the conventions may actually mean something. Read more »
"Our time has come. Our movement is real and change is coming to America," Barack Obama told his crowd of supporters and it just seemed possible. He used his strong showing today to sound his themes: "Yes we can...This time can be different...We are the ones we've been waiting for."
It reverberated between Obama and the crowd, "Yes we can."