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Election Wrap*

Thursday, November 8, 2012

[Links to complete election results, including late vote counts from key news outlets in the Bay Area and beyond: Chronicle; Sac Bee; Mercury News, Oakland Trib, CoCo Times, Marin IJ; LA Times, Wash Post’s Interactive Electoral Map; NYT; WSJ; Politico; PBS; NPR; CNN; Fox News]

Odds and ends from Tuesday’s aftermath:

  • State GOP chairman Tom Del Beccaro looks over the Republican carnage and proclaims that California has “moved further to the left.”
  • One green issue San Francisco voters didn’t want to consider: draining Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley as a source of their drinking water.
  • Assemblywoman and convicted shoplifter Mary Hayashi’s poor showing for Alameda County supervisor may not have ended her political ambitions, but it put to rest jokes about her stealing the election.
  • Progressive meltdown: With London Breed the apparent winner in District 5, San Francisco’s most liberal enclave sent a moderate to City Hall.
  • Republican Elizabeth Emken of Danville may have been trounced by Dianne Feinstein, but she did better than any DiFi challenger in a long time.
  • Another reason for Jerry Brown to crow about Prop 30’s passage: all that money the shadowy Arizona group spent trying to defeat the measure instead galvanized supporters.
  • Had he won, Mitt Romney apparently planned an eight-minute celebratory fireworks show over Boston Harbor. 
  • Oakland routs: Barbara Parker’s thrashing of four-term councilwoman Jane Brunner for city attorney; Rebecca Kaplan’s easy win over Ignacio De La Fuente to defend her at-large council seat.
  • Big Soda, aka the American Beverage Association, which poured in $2.5 million, got what it paid for: defeat of Richmond’s would-be tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • C. W. Nevius on how Mayor Ed Lee came up smelling like a rose.
  • Once again, San Francisco’s vote counting apparatus plods along with Florida-like slowness.
  • Coming out of the election, the sales tax in Half Moon Bay goes to 9.5 percent, among the state’s highest.
  • Three states—Maine, Maryland and Washington—became the first to establish gay marriage rights by popular vote.
  • Despite dire warnings from the East Bay Zoological Society, voters rejected a parcel tax to maintain and expand the Oakland Zoo.
  • Fun post-election speculation: Ashley Judd’s being mentioned as a possible Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in 2014.

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