Politics Blog

Parks party celebrates

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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 »

Local and state numbers

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Where's the numbers from CA and SF? Hold on, folks, we're watching and waiting and we have people around town waiting to report and comment.

Clinton takes CA: Projection

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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.

A real convention -- or two

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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 »

Obama speech

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"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."

All quiet at City Hall

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San Francisco City Hall -- normally a beehive of activity on election nights -- is nearly empty. One reporter (Rick Knee, stringing for AP), a couple of political junkies ... and that's about it. The Department of Elections doesn't even have its usual display screen for election results.

Frankly, nobody's paying attention to the local election. California's a big deal tonigh, and the state primary is huge news; municipal elections are lost in the whirlwind. Read more »

Democratic Party Time

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About 75 Democrats clenching glasses of beer and wine gawk at plasma TV’s at Jillian’s bar in SOMA tonight predicting which candidate will win California and eventually the presidency.

San Francisco based Democracy Action is hosting the party for Democrats who eagerly await the primary results. They debate whether Obama or Clinton is the better choice.

“It’s too early to say who’s going to win,” Alec Bash, President of Democracy Action, told the Guardian. “Back in ’04, we thought Kerry would win by a landslide.”

Voting and drinking (and a 14" penis)

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Tuesday, 9:09pm

In anticipation of guzzling free Stella, the Kilowatt has been jammed with voting drinkers since 6pm – well before the Guardian-sposored "Dodge the Drafts" party’s official start time. As for who these drinkers supported today, it’s impossible to guess -- even tho I’m surround by fellow Guardian employees, and within eyesight of a woman lustily fingering Obama's Audacity of Hope. Read more »

Hillary supporters snub Obama camp, Newsom makes quiet show

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Camped out at campaign headquarters for the past week, Hillary supporters looked bleary-eyed but fervent early this afternoon as they speed-dialed calls to their vast Democratic database. Even if California results wouldn’t be available for several hours, some said, many of the mostly gray-haired women amongst the 70 or so volunteers, were optimistic Clinton would nail the nomination.

First results favor Obama

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The first numbers have come in and Barack Obama appears to have won a decisive victory in Georgia -- with early results giving him a 2-1 edge over Clinton -- a key test of whether he can carry the south. On the GOP side, McCain, Romney and Huckabee finished in a tight pack.