Politics Blog

Mirkarimi,Obama Celebration at Rassela's

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By Jeremy Spitz

From the scene at Rassela’s on Fillmore you might assume that the whole world, or at least the whole city, is celebrating tonight.

The party is ostensibly for the re-election of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in District 5 but I could not find him amid the loud, crowded rooms. Supervisor Mirkarimi’s victory was never really debated, and either way, a certain president-elect from Illinois stole the show.

It is truly a historic night here in San Francisco. Happy citizens of all races, creeds, and income brackets have come together…to dance. Read more »

David Chiu, Aaron Peskin represent

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Sarah Phelan reports:

A nice turnout for David Chiu's party at Broadway Suites, opposite Showgirls, next to Crow Bar near Chinatown – definitely the stripper area: Will David be taking it off?

Chiu was pretty happy because he said he ran "the most grassroots campaign -- against one of the mnost moneyed campaigns in San Francisco history."

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, he had 40% of the vote.

Current D3 supe Aaron Peskin came on stage and announced, "Let me introduce next supe for D3: David Chiu!"

And Chiu responded, “This is completely overwhelming, beautiful day." Read more »

Prop. H: $10 million and it's this close

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By Tim Redmond

Well. Prop. H, the Clean Energy Act, is going down to defeat. But the public-power campaign -- against very little money, with $10 million in PG&E cash against it -- made a remarkable showing. In the end, Yes on H will have about 45 percent, which demonstrates both the ability of the organizers (great job, Julian Davis) and the willingness of nearly half of the voters to defy the most expensive campaign in San Francisco initiative history. It appears the progressives will still have control of the Board; this isn't going away.

Randy Knox: "Anything is possible"

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Ricky Angel reports:

A block away from Randy Knox's campaign HQ, a vivacious crowd cheered Barack Obama's presidency. Inside Knox's HQ, Knox told the Guardian: "Barack has shown that anything is possible."

Knox, a biracial black candidate running for District 11 Supervisor, has been avidly campaigning. Read more »

Obama parties break out; Castro calms

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At 16th and Dolores, at 19th and Valencia -- drums, screams, police, but all peacful. People streaming out of bars like the Kilowatt, singing, celebrating ...

Also: in the Castro things have calmed down a bit as the tension of uncalled prop 8 close race sinks in. "People were happy, but now they don't know what the hell to do, " says my BF. "They were exuberant for the cameras for the 11 o'clock news, but now everyone's just milling around a little despondently. I'm going to Moby Dick for a drink."

Cheng pulls in fourth for District 3

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Anna Rendall reports:

At 10 p.m., Claudine Cheng was in high spirits despite that the polls indicated she was in fourth for District 3 supervisor. With 8 percent of the vote she was far behind David Chui, who currently leads with 38 percent, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections Web site.

Surrounded by local residents, family, friends and a great food spread, Cheng, former deputy attorney for the city and Treasure Island Development Authority President, pointed out that the real results won’t be in until Friday. Read more »

Yes on K waits ...

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Saadia Malik reports:

Yes on K campaign workers were still waiting at Zeitgeist bar to hear if their measure had passed at 10:30pm. At this time, just a handful of people remained at the middle bar where the party was located, drinking beer and watching the news on TV.

As the others left, tired of waiting for the slow-coming results, campaign organizer Sadie Lune remained optimistic about results either way.

“Right now I’m so full of hope and joy” she said, after a day of last minute campaigning. Read more »

McCarthy's "end of campaign" party

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Ricky Angel reports:

Tears of joy erupted from Denise McCarthy’s campaign as we learned Barack Obama won the presidency.

As for the McCarthy campaign, she told the Guardian, “This isn’t a victory party, it’s the ‘end of a campaign’ party.”

McCarthy, running for supe in D3, explained that her campaign was officially over, but it could be days before they learn the results. Her husband Tom McCarthy reiterated that it was too early to tell -- although he stated that Denise has a strong history in the district that no one else has. Read more »

“We ran the fucking table”

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Tim Redmond reports from City Hall:

I just talked to labor organizer Robert Haaland, who helped run the union-backed campaigns for progressive supervisors. His comment:

"It was grassroots hard work against big downtown money -- and we ran the fucking table. It’s amazing, we were up against the biggest downtown blitz ever seen in district elections. It's obviously a big night for labor and it’s a big loss for you-know-who.”

Just kidding! Eric Mar pulls ahead to win big.

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by Meghann Myers

From Mandarin Bistro to Kansai Bistro and back again, the dead heat between District 1 Supervisor candidates Eric Mar and Sue Lee has ended with Mar carrying 42.51 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.

After two hours basking in the glow of Obama's victory, Mar supporters at Mandarin Bistro roared as the final numbers were announced. Read more »