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Here’s the wackiest, local, post-election number you’ll likely hear: 9,204 San Franciscans just voted for Donald Trump.

You read that right. In this month’s June 7 primary, thousands of San Franciscans — in a city famous for gay rights, for diversity, for its liberal ethos — marked their ballot for a Republican so extreme he makes other Republicans seem like flower children by comparison.

So just who are these Trump-Franciscans? The San Francisco Department of Elections posts precinct voting data, so we can actually see where they voted.

Now that the tally of votes is nearly complete (only 1,500 outstanding as of Monday), we decided to take a look at San Francisco’s resident elephants.

Thankfully, Jim Stearns, a local political consultant known for working on progressive Democratic campaigns, created a handy map of these votes for On Guard.

A map of Donald Trump votes by San Francisco precinct. The percentages on the map are the total of Trump votes divided against total turnout in a precinct, so it is the percentage of Trump voters compared to all other voters in a precinct.

A map of Donald Trump votes by San Francisco precinct. The percentages on the map are the total of Trump votes divided against total turnout in a precinct, so it is the percentage of Trump voters compared to all other voters in a precinct.

It’s probably no surprise the heaviest Trump-voting neighborhoods are The City’s richest: West of Twin Peaks, the Marina, Pacific Heights, Sea Cliff, Merced Manor, St. Francis Wood, a tiny section of the Sunset District and the Financial District.

If I lived in any of those districts, I certainly wouldn’t admit it right now. Yikes.

* * *

It seems San Francisco government forgetting its LGBT Latino community is becoming a trend. At least, that’s according to Supervisor David Campos.

The Latino, openly gay supervisor wrote a fiery email to Mayor Ed Lee staffer Francis Tsang on Monday. Tsang, who sends out the mayor’s daily schedule, sent an advisory that Mayor Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener would host a discussion with Pride Parade and city officials to discuss safety.

This is especially important considering the fatal mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando, Fla. Devastatingly, those who were killed were mostly of the LGBT Latinx community.

In his email to the Mayor’s Office, Campos wrote, “Interesting that even though the Orlando incident disproportionately impacted the LGBT LATINO Community, the mayor did not even bother to invite me, the only LGBT Latino member of the Board. Does the mayor care about the safety concerns of the LGBT Community?”

The Mayor’s Press Office didn’t take that critique lying down.

In a statement to On Guard, the mayor’s new spokesperson, Deirdre Hussey, wrote, “Since the tragic events in Orlando, the mayor, Pride organizers, SFPD and all city public safety agencies have been focused on a safe and successful Pride celebration. This not about Supervisor Campos, it is about a safe and successful Pride celebration.”

Others added, on background, that one of Campos’ aides was late to a meeting on Pride safety just last week.

To that accusation, Campos’ contends his office wasn’t invited to that meeting either.

Snark aside, the Mayor’s Office provided no comment on exactly who from the LGBT Latinx community would be at the safety event, if any would be there at all.

* * *

The (not so) sleepy race for the little-known Democratic County Central Committee may also be a crystal ball into other (weightier) races.

Many candidates for supervisor this November also ran for DCCC, and Stearns broke down the vote for those DCCC candidates into the districts they’re running for supervisor in.

In other words, it’s an early look at supervisor votes — and it ain’t pretty for the “moderates.”

Joshua Arce is running for supervisor of District 9, for instance, which includes the Mission and Bernal Heights. He ranked 23 in the DCCC race.

He got creamed.

“He didn’t do any better in the district in which he is running for Supervisor,” Stearns wrote in an email. “He ‘won’ (that is, came in 14th or better) in only 6 precincts out of 49.”

As a side note, Stearns added, “Arce’s campaign often takes aim at changing the supposedly unpopular policies and performance of Supervisor David Campos. Campos won every single precinct in District 9, coming in as the top vote getter in 40 percent of them.”

Asked if his poor showing will cause him to pivot his campaign strategy, Arce told On Guard, “We’re confident about November because the voters clearly want change, and our opponent is the status quo.”

In fairness, Hillary Ronen, Arce’s biggest opponent in District 9, didn’t run for DCCC. Ipso facto, we don’t have numbers to compare to his race.

However, two supervisor candidates did go head to head for DCCC: Sandra Fewer and Marjan Philhour. Both are running for supervisor of District 1 this November. (That’s mostly the Richmond District).

Fewer netted 19,126 votes to Philhour’s 13,649. Philhour spent big bucks, and Fewer hardly spent a dime.

And in District 1, Fewer beat Philhour in 44 out of 47 precincts. It was hardly a contest.

“This race went a certain way,” Philhour said, noting she’s a first time candidate up against someone — Fewer — who has run for office before. That carries hefty name recognition.

“I’ve looked at every race as something that needs to be earned, and something you’ve got to work hard for,” she said.

But Fewer hardly revved her campaign for DCCC, which certainly won’t be the case for her supervisor race.

That leaves one question for Philhour: What happens when Fewer starts working hard, too?

On Guard prints the news and raises hell. Email him at joe@sfexaminer.com.

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  • sfmission

    As Scott Weiner would say…
    “The San Francisco Examiner is not a real newspaper”.

  • sfmission

    Only 9,204 Joe? It has to be much more than that? Donald Trump is the Winner of the RNC. Have you seen the numbers? How do you close a business like the SF Examiner that is already free? You survive on 100% advertising. You may be right. “Raising hell” is the only way you get people to read the Examiner. Actually its free and makes good toilet paper and blankets for the homeless.

  • Martin

    Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez is some kind of schmuck to call people out for voting for Donald Trump. Our Queen of Sheba-Supporter of Islamic Terrorists President and corrupt fat cow Hillary are no friends to anyone who lives in San Francisco.

  • sffoghorn

    David Campos is breaking new ground, having perfected the art of being a potted plant, the supervisor is now expanding out from dull backbencher to showcasing his skills as a political doormat.

  • Sar Wash

    Although he is gay, Campos does NOT represent the interests of gay people in any way. His policies are horrific attacks on the all San Franciscans, especially gay families. Josh Arce is the only qualified candidate for District 9 supervisor who actually cares about and has done anything for District 9 residents. The Campos-Ronen fascist front that is hurting all residents, homeowners, and business people in the Portola, Bernal, and the Mission must be stopped. Please vote Joshua Arce for District 9 supervisor!

  • jhayes362

    Do you want a guy who doesn’t understand numbers representing you in Sacramento?

  • jhayes362

    For a political plant, he seemed to have done pretty well in the DCCC race, certainly better than Arce and other Jung appointees did.

  • jhayes362

    Arce supposedly collected $70K for his DCCC race. Where did that money go? I saw little evidence of it in the district.

  • jhayes362

    You can try pretty please with sugar on it, but Arce is not off to a good start.

  • sffoghorn

    Yeah, name recognition is one thing, legislative record quite another.

    The reason why the conservatives did not run against Campos in 2012 were two-fold: don’t allow him to raise name recognition for the AD17 race and he did not pose a serious threat.

    Campos adopted a potted-plant hands-off posture to land use which is why 90 luxury condo projects were approved on his watch. How many people were displaced while Campos got developer contributions for his AD17 debacle.

    If your metric of success is the politician himself, then Campos gets a B-. I prefer to evaluate on outcomes which might on a good day rise to a D+.

  • Tod1732

    9,000 out of a population over 800,000 is pittance.

  • jhayes362

    Name recognition was a factor, but not the only one. And neither you nor I can say what percentage of a factor it was.

  • jhayes362

    You have a computer but not much knowledge. Do you know there is an SF Department of Elections web site where these numbers can be looked up? Try it. You’ll find that Rodriguez is correct.

  • Joe Chip

    “If I lived in any of those districts, I certainly wouldn’t admit it right now. Yikes.” But you would be the guy admitting he doesn’t understand math. .27% is a truly damning figure for all those Trump loyalists in the Marina. We must take up torches and pitchforks and burn these heretics out of our liberal bastion or else force them into the sea.

  • sffoghorn

    Yeah yeah, people voted for Bevan Dufty because of his sterling progressive credentials. Sophie Maxwell too.

    When will the David Campos appreciation society take off their goggles of delusion and see him for the ineffectual moderate that Arlene Ackerman and Louise Renne saw in him when he made his entry into politics at the SFUSD?

    Perhaps when he stops pimping for their nonprofit funding?

  • sffoghorn

    Arce has focused his work in D10, thanks for playing.

  • Randy F.

    800,000 ‘ registered voters ‘ ?

  • Sar Wash

    You obviously do not know much about San Francisco.

  • sffoghorn

    I’ve been watching Arce operate for 15 years, thanks. Bright line defense does its work in D10, not D9. Fortunately, the DCCC results portend doom for his ambitions.

  • sfmission

    The map is not accurate. The Mission is more red than you are apparently aware of. Lots of beautiful new developments being built at this writing all up and down Mission St and on side streets.
    Take a walk around the Mission. You will see I am correct. Sorry if you were not aware.

  • sfmission

    When Campos is termed out my guess is he will be involved in politics in some way. The Mission does NOT have a Community Business District. Maybe he should do that? He will likely run for State office or be on some board somewhere. Your correct. David Campos has not represented the gay community since sitting in his office during his term. The term limits should be even shorter. Anybody agree? Put it on the next ballot? Shorter term limits for supervisors.

  • Mattyjo Shelley

    9204 votes out of 467489 registered voters (as of 6/7/16)…. in this town, that sounds about right for the donald.

  • jhayes362

    The Mission may have a lot of new buildings, but buildings don’t vote and the numbers don’t lie. The Trump vote in SF was miniscule and the precinct numbers Rodriguez cited show where it was highest. The Mission was not even a blip. You should get some help for your fantasy ideations.

  • Sar Wash

    Be sure to vote for and otherwise support Josh Arce for District 9 supervisor. His opponents are going to be Campos clones who will continue to attack San Franciscans.

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