Steven T. Jones

How Obama and Clinton split California

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We know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton basically split California, with the latter winning the popular vote by about 10 percentage points. But it's interesting to look at how they split the Golden State using this map.

Clinton's margin of victory seems to be counties with lots of Latino voters, which have been slow to warm to Obama. Read more »

Obama wins San Francisco

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California may be Clinton country, but Barack Obama has won San Francisco, home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and more than a half-dozen delegates. True, it's a symbolic win, but symbols are what we're looking at tonight. Mayor Gavin Newsom was a high profile Hillary backer, but the progressives on the Board of Supervisors and other bodies backed Barack. Numbers now in SF are Obama 52 % and Clinton 44% with 78 % counted.

Super Fat Tuesday

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I often find Fat Tuesday a dizzying night. And some of the usual factors are in play: beads around my neck and a cocktail within reach. But that's not why I'm reeling. Holy shit, this Super part of Fat Tuesday is overwhelming, with so many numbers coming in from so many states, with all of it being sliced and diced by so many talking heads and number crunchers. And as I watch the swirl of data, the main impression I get is that nothing much changed today, except for the fact that we're inching our truly weird democratic process toward an uncertain conclusion. Read more »

State props

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Prop. 92, the community college set aside, is going down hard and the Indian gaming contacts are uniformly ahead with about a million votes each, or 58 percent of turnout thus far.

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.

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."

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.

Who can beat McCain?

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If, as seems fairly likely at this point, John McCain comes out of Super Fat Tuesday with a lock on the Republican nomination, the most important question for Democrats is who can beat him. Read more »

Super Fat Primary parties and coverage

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Today promises to be the most dramatic California Democratic presidential primary vote in...well, maybe ever. To say that the future of our country hangs in the balance probably isn't even hyperbole. And that's a good thing because otherwise we're looking at a fairly boring and inconsequential ballot, which the Guardian will covering live, as we have every election day since the birth of this whole Internet thing. That's right, we were "live blogging" before anyone invented that stupid term. But I digress. Read more »