By G.W. Schulz
At Mike Nevin's Election Party
At District 8 State Senate candidate Mike Nevin's election party, the mood is subdued. At the front of the wood-paneled meeting hall of the Steam Fitters, Plumbers, and Refrigerator Fitters Local 467 in Burlingame, an eraser board shows opponent Leland Yee ahead by 11 percentage points, with 50 percent of precincts reporting.
Nevin supporters chant, "I like Mike," but the outcome seems inevitable to everyone, including Nevin.
After a series of supporters and campaign volunteers make short speeches, Nevin appears before the crowd with his family and declares, "Only 50 percent of the votes are in, but I've always been a pretty good counter all of my life, and I'm pretty aware of what's going on tonight."
He goes on to thank his campaign staff; his wife jokes that her husband has been endorsed by God, the Pope, and even, somehow, Yee.
"One thing people have always said about me is that I have political purpose," he says, adding that that's why he pursued the now more than two-years-long campaign.