Yee racing past Nevin

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By G.W. Schulz
Leland Yee Campaign Headquarters

Just across the Daly City border on the sleepy southern reaches of Mission Street, State Senate District 12 candidate Leland Yee has yet to show up to his election party. It was 8 p.m. when I arrived, and about 200 supporters were mingling anxiously. Cheers erupted when a voice announces that Yee is racing past Mike Nevin in San Francisco absentee ballots 66 to 34 percent. But the two are stilll running a dead heat in San Mateo County at 40 percent. In both counties, Lou Papan is wavering between 15 and 20 percent. Yee campaign consultant Jim Stearns said that predictions that Papan would spoil the race appear to be not true, "at least right now." He says it's still not clear how some of the late-stage negative campaigning would impact final results.

Yee is no freshman, of course, having served in the Assembly and on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, but his race with San Mateo County Supervisor Nevin has at times taken nasty turns. District 8 reaches from western San Francisco to the Peninsula and is generally liberal to moderate.

Tonight, Yee's campaign headquarters are filled with bright blue balloons, crepe flags, and nervous chatter.

Mike Nevin's party is next.

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