In the third preliminary results, with more than 99 percent of precincts reported, Hillary Ronen captured 57 percent of the vote, with 12,190 ballots cast for her and 6,539, or 30.7 percent, going to her main opponent Joshua Arce.

The other two candidates overall captured a much smaller portion of the votes — Melissa San Miguel received 2,256 votes while Iswari España won just 350.

As early tallies came in, Ronen expressed mixed emotions about her early lead with the federal election results looming, saying she was excited about her campaign but devastated about what is happening at the national level.

Her victory speech at El Rio, where progressives gathered to celebrate some local wins but also sat gloomy-eyed staring at TV screens showing the presidential election, began in a celebratory mood. She thanked her all-female campaign team, calling them “bad-ass women” as she brought them on the stage next to Supervisor David Campos and Tom Temprano, a candidate for City College Board.

Ronen thanked her father, her mother, and her husband — before turning to the topic at the front of everyone’s mind: the apparent victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election.

“Listen, it’s a tough night,” she said, saying the prospect of a Trump presidency was troubling. But, she said, if Trump is elected San Francisco would take on the mantle of a progressive city, pushing the rest of the country to follow its lead on LGBT, immigration, police reform, and other issues.

“This city is not going to stop,” she added. “We are going to be here with hope that is going to spread throughout the country.”

The crowd cheered often, jubilant at Ronen’s victory. Campos, standing besides her on stage, was ecstatic — though earlier in the night he worried about a Trump presidency.

“I think everyone is scared that there is a very real possibility that we will have a President Trump. I’m still hopeful,” he said, waiting in line outside El Rio.

The other half of the bar sat inside the bar watching the presidential election unfold on TV screens or their phones.

At D’Maize on Valencia and 15th streets, Melissa San Miguel sat with neighbors Mary and Robert Whitten, who have known her for 20 years.

“We lived right next door so we knew the family, and that’s why it was so thrilling to be able to vote for her,” Mary Whitten said.

San Miguel had crutches by her side, having sprained her ankle handing out flyers Monday night. Nonetheless she was calm and upbeat. She called it rewarding to campaign and know that for many of her supporters, her experience in the neighborhood counted.

At Iswari España’s election night gathering, most eyes were on CNN’s national election coverage.

“I didn’t think that could happen,” he said. Iswari and his allies had campaigned until the last minute, at 7:45 p.m., though by 7:30 everyone was “glued to their phones” watching national results.

Asked whether he still had hope for his success, he expressed optimism, saying he had encountered supporters in “the oddest places,” like deep Portola and Bernal Heights.

The State Senate race between Jane Kim and Scott Weiner, Wiener maintained his lead, winning 52.5 percent of the vote, with opponent Jane Kim getting 47.4 percent. Shortly after midnight, however, the San Francisco Examiner reported that Jane Kim had not yet conceded the election.

In other supervisorial races, one moderate and one progressive took the lead. Ahsha Safai took 38.8 percent of the vote, while Sandra Lee Fewer pulled ahead of previously leading Marjan Philhour in District 1 and won 38.6 percent.

Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Norman Yee, and London Breed — progressive incumbents — kept their seats.

Overall the moderates gained a seat on the Board of Supervisors, shifting the balance in their favor.

All Eyes on Presidential Election

At election watch parties around the neighborhood, tension filled the air as results from the nationwide election seemed to indicate a possible Donald Trump presidency.

“I’m hoping we survive tonight. A Donald Trump presidency? He’s going to bring us to war,” said Jorge, a Mission resident on his way to work after watching the results at a bar.

As he walked past, one man offered a more pessimistic comment:

“This shit’s gonna burn,” he said.

At the Mission Economic Development Agency on 19th and Mission, Gabriel Medina held out hope for the local elections.

“We are watching these really scary results right now and we are very fortunate we live in SF where we are much more open and tolerant,” Medina said.

Don Menn, who teaches creative writing for the journalism department at San Francisco State University, found watching the returns “terrifying.”

“It’s terrifying and deeply saddening to live in a city so profoundly wonderful in its diversity, to see how much the country is at odds. It’s a repudiation of everything I worked and fought for. I come from an activist family. I feel so sad for people of color, for immigrants,” he said.

“Look at that map and those little communities. It’s a failure of education nationwide. People are hypnotized by lies. And I think it’s a failure of journalism.”

At an Arce election party at Bissap Baobab across the street, one business woman and Arce supporter summed up the mood succinctly:

“Fuuuuck,” she said. “He is going to punish California.”

Local Ballot Measures

Non citizens narrowly won the right to vote in San Francisco’s school board elections. 52 percent of San Francisco voters, some 130,837, approved Measure N.

Voters approved the highly contentious Measure Q by 53 percent, which will ban tent encampments on city sidewalks and give campers 24 hours to vacate before the tents are removed.

Supervisor Wiener’s successor on the Board of Supervisors will not be selected under a new set of rules, since voters have rejected Measure D by 53 percent to 47 percent. Had it passed, the appointment to the seat would have been temporary, and would not have been allowed to run in the next election, which will be held within 180 days or sooner.

16-year-olds will not vote on future San Francisco elections, with Measure F rejected by 53 percent.

There will also be no Public Advocate in San Francisco, with voters rejecting Measure H 53 percent. In fact, all of the “progressive” measures seeking to shift power in the city away from the mayor, measures D, H, L and M, were rejected. 

Below are the results for the local and state ballot measures as of 10:45 p.m. Measures with an asterisk next to their name require a two-thirds majority to pass — or 66 and two-thirds percent. Proposition A requires 55 percent voter approval to pass. All other measures require a simple majority.

For the most recent results, go to the Department of Elections tally.

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