Remember when I told you about Mark Farrell, back about a month before Willie Brown started pushing him, when it was apparent to some that Mark Farrell had Emerged as the Interesting Candidate? Well Mark’s at it again, ’cause right now today he’s just 300-something votes shy of current vote leader Janet Reilly.
Now I’ll tell you, I can think of a few reasons as to why San Francisco’s District 2 might have more than its fair share of the City’s 38,000 (or so) yet-to-be counted absentee ballots, and why Mark Farrell might do better with those voters than the people who actually showed up in person on election day. Then you throw in some Instant Runoff Voting ballots that went Abraham Simmons #1 and Mark Farrell #2, Kat Anderson #3 or Abraham Simmons #1, Kat Anderson #2 and Mark Farrell #3, and then toss in some wild-card provisionals and what you have is an interesting situation on your hands.
Of course, a difference of 2.75 percentage points is large and of course it’s tough to catch up to the leader using other candidates’ voters under IRV, but Mark just might have a chance to do just that.
Now, as for D10, what about Malia Cohen? She appears to be the only candidate in D10 who, at this point, could possibly benefit from his/her official endorsement from the San Francisco Democrats. (Of course, she’d need to make it past Lynette Sweet as well.)
Here’s Malia using substantially less than the allotted time to memorably introduce herself to the Recording Academy at Yoshi’s on Fillmore. Now, I found the affair, or at least the part I saw, to be on the twee side, but, whatever, MC did a good job of standing out from the crowd of a dozen or so invited candidates:
We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes, huh? (And just say to yourself, “No recounts, no recounts…”)
[UPDATE: Here’s John Upton weighing on these matters today.]