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The SF DA Race

Yesterday was election day in a few scattered places around the country.  One of them is San Francisco, where both the mayor and the DA were appointees completing the terms of predecessors elected to statewide office.

DA George Gascon has an interesting past.  It includes the one characteristic that some thought might be unforgivable in the City by the Bay.  For most of his adult life he was (gasp! horrors!) a Republican.  He's not now, of course.  He also once said he would seek the death penalty in an appropriate case.  He has backed off on that as well.

Yet despite these past forays into the forbidden territory of sense, he was elected handily.  The count is preliminary, but the margin is so large there is no real doubt.  SF's new ranked-choice election method didn't really change anything in this case.

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