Politics Blog

Yes on A has passed

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Saadia Malik reports:

The Yes on A campaign first heard word that their measure passed at about 9pm, just after Obama began his acceptance speech.

The measure passed overwhelmingly by 80.3 of the vote. The crowd anxiously awaited the results sipping on wine and nibbling on hors d’ouevres while taking in the national election coverage at the Prop A party headquarters.

Gene Marie O’Connell CEO of SF General said she had been laboring on the campaign sine 2000, when the state mandate for hospital seismic upgrades first passed. “This was a historic night. Read more »

Early numbers say Sue Lee in D1

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by Meghann Myers

The crowd at Kansai Bistro fell silent for a moment. Sue Lee's supporters turned away from the KRON4 coverage on the three televisions and stopped sipping their drinks for a moment to hear campaign volunteer Julia read off the numbers she had just confirmed.

The first reports say that Sue Lee is carrying District 1 at 36.25 percent and Eric Mar at 35.12 percent.

A huge cheer went up through the crowd. Sue was no where to be found. I saw her walk outside to take a call on her cell about ten minutes ago. Read more »

Obama wins, but no SF results yet

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by Amanda Witherell

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Soon to be Assemblymember Tom Ammiano greeted by supporters at Campos for Supervisor headquarters

Up and down Valencia Street you could hear cheers echoing from bars and balconies when Florida flipped for Barack Obama. We have a new president.

But here in San Francisco, the new slate of supervisors is still pending. Outgoing supervisor Tom Ammiano just stopped by the David Campos headquarters at 24th and Mission Streets. Read more »

More rockin' at Roccapulco

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Amanda Witherell reports:

It’s going off at Roccopulco! And theres' a line out the door at El Rio a couple doors down at the League of Pissed Off Voters and Prop H party – and so far the electricity's still on, heh.

I just talked to Tom Jackson, the organizing director at Coleman Advocates – and he said the precinct he was working in, D11, gave 115 votes for Avalos, and 75 for Safai. And Prop B, the affordable housing measure, was winning by a wide margin.

Surprising news from City Hall

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Tim Redmond reports:

With 20% of vote in, the progressive candidates are not only withstanding the downtown assault, they’re doing remarkably well.

Gerardo Sandoval appears to have won the judicial race ousting incumbent Tom Mellon. In D3 David Chiu is now 17points ahead of Alioto and is winning 38-21.

In D1, Erc Mar and Sue Lee are still too close to call, and very few precincts in D11 are reporting yet.

Prop B is looking better and better and will probably pass.

Rockin' at Roccapulco for Quezada

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Meghan McCloskey reports from the Eric Quezada party at Roccapulco:

Only a couple people sat in this beautifully appointed Mission Street club at 7:59 pm when we learned that Obama had enough electoral votes to become the President of the USA. Applause erupted as if the place were packed.

At 8:45, Quezada, candidate for D9 supe, walked in the door and headed straight for the front of the room. “We’ve already won” he said, looking up at Obama on the big screen. Read more »

Avalos looks strong in key D11 race

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By Steven T. Jones

John Avalos and his small army of campaign volunteers entered Bottom's Up bar as Barack Obama was giving his televised acceptance speech. It was a buoyant moment. Read more »

Tears, cheers, and bubbly for Obama ... and Sheehan?

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By Molly Freedenberg

There's no sign at Inner Mission Tavern that this is a Cindy Sheehan party, but it's most certainly one for Obama. When Virginia was announced for the Democratic nominee, the bar erupted in cheers - a sound dwarfed only by the joyous explosion when CNN predicted him the winner of the 2008 presidential election several minutes later. The night's two bartenders (also the owners), both in Obama T-shirts, popped bottles of champagne for those lucky enough to be seated at the bar in the packed-beyond-belief room. Read more »

First results from City Hall

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Tim Redmond calls in:

The absentee votes are now in – and they show interesting trends in D1 Eric Mar and Sue Lee are in a virtual dead heat, with Lee about 1% ahead. Since the absentee voters tend to run conservative, this is good news for Mar.

In D3, David Chiu is well ahead beating Joseph Alioto, Jr., by 12 points. Read more »

Obama wins!!

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Rassela's Jazz Club just went nuts as the word came down that the West Coast results put Obama over the top. Our long national nightmare is finally over and everyone just expressed their unbridled sense of happiness and relief. Now the hard work really begins. Well, tomorrow it does. Tonight we celebrate and hope for good results on the local and state levels.