Sunday, February 10, 2008

Could San Francisco wind up with no gay state senator?

As noted yesterday, Joe Nation's jump into the California SD-03 fray adds texture to the race. If Nation outperforms in his home territory north of the Golden Gate, he could swipe the nomination from out candidates Carole Migden (incumbent) and Mark Leno. Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, grandson of San Francisco's former mayor, is also running.

Babylon-by-the-Sea's other Senator, Leland Yee of District 08, is still heterosexual. Senate District 03 has been represented by an out senator since Migden won in 2004, but not if the San Franciscans split the city and allow Nation to walk through the breach.

Columnist Dick Spotswood provides numbers in this morning's Marin Independent Journal. A majority of Democratic primary voters lately have been from north of the Bridge. Before Nation jumped in, Migden was the only one of the candidates to have been on the ballot in Marin and Sonoma; she now has to share that advantage.

Just 114 days to go.

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