Ross Mirkarimi is (cautiously) optimistic (VIDEO)

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Spirits were high at Sup. Ross Mirkarimi's election night party at Carnelian by the Bay Nov. 8, as polling numbers seemed to be trending in his favor in the race for San Francisco sheriff. Around 10:30 p.m., supporters were flooding into the main lounge, a spacious venue with low lighting and huge windows overlooking the Bay Bridge. Plastic deputy sheriff stars were being passed around as party favors.

"We're winning," Mirkarimi said as he greeted a supporter who had just walked through the door.

Cheers arose when a television news broadcast projected onto a big screen displayed Mirkarimi's 10-point lead, and the candidate decided it was time to make an announcement. He thanked the people who worked on his campaign, but stressed that it wasn't over yet. We captured the moment on film:

Video by Rebecca Bowe