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Election 2012

Sorting out a strange election

What the Nov. 6 results mean -- and don't mean

District surprises

Big-money efforts could unseat Olague -- but not Mar

Is the tax revolt over?

November 9, 2012
The most optimistic piece I've read on the results of the November election is on Calitics, where Robert Cruikshank argues that the tax revolt...

School board incumbent victories could undermine UESF

San Franciscans this week saw the end result of long-running teacher union attacks on the re-election campaign of three SFUSD school board incumbents --...

What the fuck, Chuck: No, Ed Lee is not God

November 8, 2012
So who were the big winners in the election? You could argue Ron Conway; you could argue surprise D5 winner London Breed. But to...

D5 candidates and other Election Night photos

November 7, 2012
Photographer Tim Daw joined me on an Election Night trek through the San Francisco Democratic Party headquarters, five election night parties in the highly...

Demos control Sacramento. Completely.

November 7, 2012
The sleeper in this election is the apparent supermajority for the Democrats in both houses of the Legislature. This is huge news, if it...

Prop. 34: We’re making progress

November 7, 2012
It's always easy after a losing campaign to make excuses and play up the positive, but there really is some good news in the...

D5 race displays key SF political dynamics

November 7, 2012
There’s so much to say about the District 5 supervisorial race, whose top five finishers’ parties I attended tonight, gathering interesting perspectives from each...

At least Prop. 30 is passing

November 7, 2012
I suspected that when all the votes were in, Prop. 30 might squeak through, and right now it looks like it wll. That's really...

Preliminary RCV points to Breed, Crowley

November 6, 2012
How incredibly strange: District Five, the most left-leaning district in the city, just elected a moderate supervisor who supports the sit-lie law and has...

Prop. 30 is going to be close. Really close

November 6, 2012
Without Los Angeles, without San Francisco, with mostly the conservative counties in, it's 49 yes, 51 no on the ballot measure that will determine...

Finally, some clarity in SF

November 6, 2012
So right after I complained about SF dragging its feet on returns, we get another big chunk and it shows Eric Mar taking D1...

Why are SF and LA so slooooow?

November 6, 2012
Over at the Prop. 34 party, where the early returns aren't looking good, everyone's trying to keep spirits up by noting that, while the...

Mar jubilant at early returns

November 6, 2012
The first precinct reports are coming in -- just a few -- and they share Sup. Eric Mar holding and even expanding his lead...

First results: Mar, Breed in the lead

November 6, 2012
Remember, these are the early absentees. They may not reflect the carpet-bombing attacks of the last week. And they always tend to run a...

State starts to move the right way

November 6, 2012
State results still skewed to the conservative counties (except for San Mateo) and the number are looking lots, lots better. Prop. 30 is behind...

Very early, conservative counties no on 30, yes on 32

November 6, 2012
There's a scattering of early returns, mostly from conservative Central Valley counties, and they should everything bad happening -- Prop. 30 failing, Prop. 32...

Now let’s worry about California

November 6, 2012
As expected, Obama is headed for victory. Elizabeth Warren has won in MA, the tea-party rape-nut lost in Indiana, the House will stay (more...

What’s happening tonight

November 6, 2012
According to the SF Department of Elections, the first results -- including just the absentees received before Election Day -- will be posted here...

Vote early and often

November 6, 2012
The most expensive, ugliest, longest and most money-dominated election in my memory is finally winding down, and unless something really weird happens, Obama's going...

Elsewhere on election night, cannabis could get fired up

November 6, 2012
What's on the California ballot this year that pot activists should be stoked on? Absolutely nothing! (Unless you're interested in eliminating the death penalty,...

City Editor Steven T. Jones on where to get rowdy, dramatic, and/or historically significant for Election 2012

November 6, 2012
Sure you voted (you voted, right?), but do you know where your election night party is? After as many years as he's been in...

Follow the election night parties and results with SFBG

November 6, 2012
Happy election day! Yes, the barrage of political propaganda will soon give way to celebrations, concessions, ruminations, and spin, spin, spin. As always, the...