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Deputy City Attorney Kamala Harris captured enough votes Nov. 4 to catapult her into second place and the December runoff for San Francisco district attorney — though third-place finisher Bill Fazio dominated twice as many neighborhoods as she did. District Attorney Terence Hallinan, who came in first in last week’s general election, won 13 of the 25 neighborhoods defined by the city’s Department of Elections, according to preliminary precinct-by-precinct tallies released Friday. Harris placed first in only four neighborhoods but garnered more votes overall than Fazio, who led in eight neighborhoods. Hallinan finished with 35.8 percent of the vote, followed by Harris with 33.7 percent and Fazio with 30.4 percent, according to the most recent tallies from the Department of Elections. The neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdownputs in bas-relief the areas of the city where Harris and Hallinan will be duking it out for Fazio voters. “It confirms the view that the greatest pocket of votes available for either candidate is coming from the west side of the city where Bill Fazio did strongest and these tend to be more conservative voters who want to see kind of a tough-on-crime approach,” said pollster David Binder, who is working for Harris’ campaign. The city’s neighborhoods vary in size and voter turnout, and the number of votes each was worth last week varied widely. Residents in North Embarcadero cast 2,853 ballots, the fewest, while those in the Sunset district cast the most, 18,031. Hallinan held each of his opponents off by more than 10 percent in Haight- Ashbury, the Inner Sunset, the Mission, North Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill, South Bernal Heights and the Western Addition. His leads were narrower in Laurel Heights/Anza Vista, Noe Valley, Upper Market/Eureka Valley, the Richmond, South of Market and Civic Center/Downtown. “He led in a lot of the neighborhoods,” Hallinan campaign spokesman Bob Henderson said Monday afternoon, noting that he hadn’t examined the data closely yet. “Some of the neighborhoods where he didn’t lead, we think we’ve got some good prospects to build his numbers up.” Harris took second place in seven of the eight neighborhoods where Fazio dominated and in 12 of the districts where Hallinan took first. “She was competitive and came in second in most of the other neighborhoods” where she didn’t win, said her campaign spokesman, Jim Stearns. “That’s what a moderate candidate has to do.” The deputy city attorney got more than half of the votes cast in Bayview/Hunters Point, led each of her opponents in Ingleside and Visitation Valley by more than 10 percent, and also placed first in Chinatown, where she beat Hallinan and Fazio by a little more than 6 percent. Fazio led by more than 10 percent in two of the eight neighborhoods he won, West Twin Peaks and Lake Merced. His opponents were closer on his tail in Diamond Heights, Excelsior, Marina/Pacific Heights, North Embarcadero, Sea Cliff/Presidio Heights and the Sunset. As Harris and Hallinan campaign for four more weeks before the Dec. 9 runoff, both are battling for Fazio’s supporters. “The voters that are up for grabs are the voters who have rejected [Hallinan's] candidacy five times,” Stearns said, referring to last week’s vote as well as the 1995 and 1999 general elections and the subsequent runoff elections between Hallinan and Fazio. Fazio’s supporters are concerned about prosecutorial competence, Stearns asserted, one theme on which both Fazio and Harris attacked the incumbent. “There is no common ground between the voters in those precincts and Terence Hallinan.” Hallinan’s campaign argues that Fazio’s supporters care more about clean government this year than whether a candidate leans politically “left” or “right.” Both the Hallinan and Fazio camps criticized Harris for the support she’s gotten from outgoing Mayor Willie Brown and for violating the city’s campaign finance law. She agreed to pay the city $34,000 in penalties last month to settle the finance matter. “Most of the Fazio supporters will be backing Terence,” said Henderson, Hallinan’s spokesman. “We don’t really look at this as a left-versus-right race, it’s more of a right-versus-wrong race.” Both Harris and Hallinan have asked Fazio for his endorsement, but the criminal defense attorney has said he won’t be making any decision until he gets back from vacation next week. In the meantime, the runoff campaigns are working to broaden their support across the city and to persuade residents to go to the polls next month. Harris’ runoff plan includes building on her support in Chinatown to court more votes in the Asian community where Fazio also got considerable support, Stearns said. “[We're] going to leave no stone unturned in this election.” Harris held a bilingual press conference with Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, for English and Chinese press in Chinatown last week. And she’ll also court the endorsement of two interests that supported Fazio in the general election, the Chinese American Democratic Club, and the Sing Tao Daily , Stearns said. “She made it a priority in her campaign to reach out to the immigrant community” in at least five foreign languages, Stearns said. Hallinan will also be battling for the Asian vote, as well as other areas where Harris and Fazio did well, his campaign said. The DA also hopes that civil rights lawyer Angela Alioto, who endorsed him Monday, will lend him a hand in Bayview/Hunters Point, where she got more votes than any other mayoral candidate last week, Henderson said. Harris hopes the endorsement she got Monday from Supervisor Bevan Dufty will bolster her campaign in his district, which includes the Castro, Noe Valley and Glen Park. “That’s a really key battleground district,” Stearns said. “It’s one of the highest-turnout districts in the city.” One thing both sides agree on: Turnout will be incredibly important in the runoff. In last week’s election, 42.9 percent of the city’s voters cast ballots for the DA race, according to the most recent tallies from the Department of Elections. “The key issue on everybody’s mind right now is turnout,” said David Lee, executive director of the nonprofit Chinese American Voters Education Committee, which commissioned an exit poll last week. “This is our third election in 90 days,” Lee said, citing October’s gubernatorial recall election as well as last week’s city election. “San Franciscans have never been asked to come out three times in 90 days before, at least in my memory.”

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