Brown Predicts Democrats Will Win California ‘Hands Down’

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — When it comes to the midterm elections in 2018, California is “boring,” according to former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.

Mr. Brown was the emcee at the Presidio Officers Club where Senator Diane Feinstein held her election party on Tuesday night.

In an interview before Senator Feinstein spoke, political insider Brown was true to form, telling KPIX 5, “California will be boring.”

“Democrats will win everything except maybe one seat, and that is the Insurance Commissioner,” said Brown. “Everything else will be Democrat, hands down including the number of seats needed to help Speaker Pelosi — it’s all good!”

Oakland Mayor Schaaf Holds Considerable Lead Over Opponents

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – As of early Wednesday morning, Oakland’s mayor Libby Schaaf wasn’t claiming victory, but she held a considerable lead over her opponents.

The mood at the Libby for Mayor campaign headquarters was definitely that of an election night victory party.

Schaaf said she took no vote for granted during her campaign and early numbers showed her with a dominant lead over her opponents.

She said the numbers reflect her commitment to this city.

“Oakland has not had a two term mayor for 16 years and so to give the city some stability I think would be a wonderful vote of confidence from Oakland voters,” said Schaaf.

With nearly half of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, Schaaf had 61.5 percent of the vote. Nonprofit executive director Cat Brooks had 19 percent and civil rights attorney Pamela Price had 11 percent.

None of the other challengers had more than 2 percent of the vote.

She said should she win, she’ll spend her first few hours of her second term tackling Oakland’s homeless and illegal dumping problems.

All day Tuesday, campaign workers for incumbent mayor spent the day hitting the streets, making calls, waving signs and urging people to get out and vote.

Schaaf was long considered the favorite. Her signs were emblazoned with the words “Oakland Tough” alluding to her willingness to take on thorny issues like homelessness and immigration.

She went head-to-head with President Donald Trump publicly and repeatedly.

Schaaf had high-profile endorsements from Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein but her campaign says despite that momentum, they’re not getting ahead of themselves.

“We don’t take anything for granted and that has been our demeanor as a campaign and that has been the mayor’s demeanor as well,” said campaign manager Miles Gordon.

Schaaf was up against nine challengers. Two have made waves in this race including outspoken activist and radio host Cat Brooks and civil rights attorney Pamela Price.

Both candidates have cast themselves as the more progressive choice.

As of late Tuesday night with only 17 percent of precincts reporting, Brooks had 16 percent, Price had 11 percent, and Schaaf had 65 percent.

With Registration At Record Levels, Voter Turnout Strong In Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (CBS SF) — Interest in voting in Tuesday’s election has hit historic levels in at least two Bay Area counties and statewide, according to officials in San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties and Sacramento.

Elections officials in Contra Costa and San Mateo counties over the past two days confirmed that the number of registered voters in their jurisdictions reached historic levels.

In Contra Costa County, a record 620,400 voters have registered, according to election officials.

In addition, Contra Costa County turnout may hit a record.

“We are excited with the initial turnout,” Joe Canciamilla, Contra Costa County clerk-recorder-registrar, said in a statement. “If we continue at this pace we should set a new record countywide.”

Jim Irizarry, San Mateo County’s assistant chief elections officer & assessor-county clerk-recorder, said for the first time more than 400,000 eligible voters registered.

About 401,000 of the 503,000 eligible voters have registered, Irizarry said.

Statewide 19.6 million Californians had registered as of the deadline, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office.

That’s up by nearly 1.9 million voters compared with the numbers for the 2014 gubernatorial election.

“It is nearly unprecedented for California to set a voter registration record in a midterm election,” Padilla said on Friday.

The percentage of registered voters in the state is now 78 percent, the highest since 1950, according to Padilla.

In Marin County, turnout is expected to be higher than the last mid-term election when 60 percent of voters turned out.

Marin County registrar Lynda Roberts said, “I expect the turnout to rival the 2010 mid-term election, which was 76 percent.”

According to students with the Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit that aims to effect liberal political change, turnout among young voters is up over the 2014 election. Turnout may be double the 2014 turnout, according to the group.

In San Francisco, 500,566 eligible voters had registered as of Monday, which is not a record, according to campaign service manager Gregory Slocum.

But Slocum said registration has been up and anecdotally it’s been a busy election day.

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