Last November, Mission residents got out of bed and walked out into the chilly morning in their coats, caps and cups of coffee in hand. But it wasn’t Black Friday deals they were pursuing. On November 4, Missionistas turned out in record numbers to vote on everything from presidents to prostitutes, surpassing turnouts recorded in 2004 in every one of 36 precincts.
Voters cast 2,365 more ballots than in 2004, an increase of more than 10 percent, to overwhelmingly elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The overall turnout for the Mission was 81.21 percent, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections.
The Mission District also maintained its title as one of the most liberal districts in the city. Out of 25,656 votes cast in the Mission, John McCain received only 1,635, or 6.37 percent, compared to a citywide 13.62 percent. Only four districts cast a higher percentage for Obama, topped by Haight-Ashbury at 93 percent.
Mission voters also strongly rejected California Propositions 4 and 8 — the parental notification and anti-gay marriage initiatives — with more than 80 percent of the vote. Statewide, Proposition 4 lost by four percent, Proposition 8 passed with 52.3 percent of the vote.
On the controversial measure decriminalize prostitution, Proposition K, the Mission was the strongest out of only five districts to support the measure. Citywide, it was defeated by a nearly 20 percent margin.
In the District 9 Supervisors race, the three progressive candidates of David Campos, Mark Sanchez and Eric Quezada garnered 79 percent of the vote, with the rest split between the more moderate candidacies of Eva Royale, Tom Valtin, Eric Storey and Vern Matthews.
Click on the interactive precinct guide below to review results.