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Candidates Make Last-Minute Push In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - Candidates for San Francisco mayor, district attorney and sheriff were making a last-minute push ahead of Tuesday's election.

The candidates and their supporters worked tirelessly in a get-out-the-vote effort over the weekend.

"I'm tired, you know," acknowledged actor and San Francisco Danny Glover, who was pounding the pavement in support of Ross Mirkarimi's campaign for Sheriff. "A political system ... that favors those who have money and resources, how do we now get people in there who have the courage to stand up and to stand up for what's right?"

"I want people to be participants in the process," Glover reasoned while talking to voters at a San Francisco BART station.

KCBS' Tim Ryan Reports:

Meanwhile, in the Excelsior District, Mayor Ed Lee was promoting his campaign - one that, some polls suggest, is going in his favor.

Still, he was trying to get his message out.

"A lot of people aren't paying a whole lot of attention to this," he suggested.

It seemed as though all of the candidates with a stake in Tuesday's election were out and about at some point over the weekend, trying to drum up support for their campaigns.

San Francisco's Chinatown appeared poised to play a prominent roll in the vote Tuesday, at least in the mayoral contest.

The latest analysis of mail-in ballots shows Chinese Americans participating in the vote in heavy numbers. By some estimates, nearly 80% of the Chinatown mail-in ballots are already in.

"Yeah, that's right," said KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier. "I mean, these days more and more of the elections are won and lost even before the election day, it's done vote by mail, a very popular way of getting things done."

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

"It's interesting so far, the liberal communities in San Francisco, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, that have sort of ruled the roost in the past, they're sitting on their hands, whether it's because they're not excited about this race or they're just going to vote late," said Matier.


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