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I woke up this morning and immediately went to the computer to check two things: 1) the results of the San Diego mayoral race, and 2) the returns for the California propositions.

The propositions didn't surprise me, but two things with regards to the mayoral race did.

The first is that, in the city of San Diego, 12% more Democrats are registered to vote than Republicans. This was something I did not expect to be the case, since San Diego is disproportionately conservative considering that it's the second largest city in California.* I figured that, if Democrats had any edge at all, it would be small, on the order to 2 or 3%. The fact that it's 12% is very interesting.

The second thing that I didn't know about until this morning is that the Republican candidate for mayor, Carl DeMaio, is gay.

Think about that for a second. A gay man is one of the front-runners in a mayoral race in America's eighth largest city . . . and it was never a campaign issue.

Seriously, how freaking cool is that? And it's as it should be! The fact of a candidate's being gay or not should have exactly zero relevance to a political campaign—and while I can't say for sure it made no difference at all, I think it's pretty clear that it made so little difference that it was statistically a non-issue. And that's huge!

I give my hearty "thank you" to both campaigns for leaving the fact of DeMaio's gayness off the table. For the first time in a long time, I feel as if I had a choice between two adults for a political office.

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*This may have to do with population density. There is a varying but undeniable correlation between population density and liberal politics. San Diego, although the second largest city in California by population, actually has a relatively low overall population density, well behind most of Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

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lironess
Nov. 7th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Like button :)
ebenbrooks
Nov. 7th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Heh. Thanks. :)
kiltcheck
Nov. 7th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
For the LGBT community, DeMaio's gayness and hypocrisy is an issue. Because he sold out his own values to take money from some of the biggest proponents of Proposition 8. He's a pariah to many of us:
http://lgbtweekly.com/2012/03/16/carl-demaio-selling-his-soul-in-the-mayoral-race/

While I like some of what he stands for, I cannot support someone who would do something so self-loathing and defeating. But this is sadly typical of many gay Republicans. He was NOT endorsed by most gay organizations -- and even the Log Cabin Republicans grudgingly endorsed him toward the end of his campaign.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that. I wondered about it, actually, but all I found (in my admittedly brief look this morning) was that he had said he wasn't going to make gay rights a priority. Which I thought was unfortunate, but not entirely surprising considering the fact that he's a Republican.

My apologies for my own ignorance of the matter. (Filner was always going to get my vote, no matter what, though.)
kiltcheck
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
No worries. It just shows that as a community, we didn't do a very good job informing people about this.
esprix
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'd read that the San Diego LGBT community had turned its back on him (and rightly so). Did polling back that up, i.e., did he get no queer votes? And who did they end up backing and/or voting for? (And who won?)
ebenbrooks
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
The winner was Bob Filner, former Congressman from south San Diego County. I would presume that most of the LGBT vote went to him.
esprix
Nov. 8th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I see, I'm reading it now. From what I remember reading previously, it looked like the LGBT community was overwhelmingly supporting Filner, not DeMaio.
scifantasy
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Isn't San Diego also a heavily merchant marine city? That could factor too. Military-type populations do tend to skew more Republican (cf. Norfolk and Virginia Beach).
ebenbrooks
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. There are large Navy and Marine presences here (North Island and Liberty Station for the Navy and MCAS Miramar for the Marines).
kishiriadgr
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Point of information--Liberty Station has been closed for decades and is now a shopping and office center. Navy Base San Diego (better known as just 32nd Street) is the big installation for the Navy.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. Thanks.
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