A few surprises in the absentee returns from Sonoma County:
– Sen. Dianne Feinstein is outpolling President Barack Obama.
– Assemblyman Michael Allen, who swamped Marc Levine in the primary, is running neck-and-neck with the San Rafael councilman in one of 28 contests statewide that pit a Democratic against a fellow Democrat or a Republican against a fellow Republican.
– Measure Q supporters are doing well in the contests for Santa Rosa City Council, but the district elections measure itself is getting swamped.
– Proposition 37, the GMO labeling measure, is trailing by a 51-49 percent margin.
– In Sebastopol, where the campaign was overshadowed by the CVS/Chase vote on the City Council, one supporter and one opponents of the proposal are leading for two seats on the council.
– In Petaluma, where three City Council seats are on the ballot, the early leaders are all allied with the faction currently in the minority on the council.
I don’t know enough about the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District to say whether this a surprise, but Karyn Pulley, the target of anonymous telephone attacks, is running fourth.
A little more than 110,000 votes have been counted – about 42 percent of registration for Sonoma County. My guess, that’s about half the total vote. But as many as 35,000 ballots may not get counted right away. Those are the absentee ballots that were returned today.
– Jim Sweeney