Some victories, but progressives likely to feel defeat as Kerry loses

Progressives lose largely at the polls

11/3/2004: John Kerry, in his 11am speech today, conceded defeat in the Presidential race-- before the provisional ballots in Ohio had all been counted. Bush gave his acceptance speech at 12pm. Aside from planned actions, people are assessing "what went wrong," as a seemingly unprecedented in size progressive voter mobilization was met by an apparently stronger conservative voter movement and turnout. One Indybay reader's assessment Protests planned for today will go on, rain or shine.

Statewide Propositions: In California, Measure 66, which would have limited the three strikes law, was not voted in, although it had appeared to be approved in the evening of November 2nd. Measure 69, which would collect DNA samples from all felons, and from adults and juveniles arrested for or charged with specified crimes, and put that information into a statewide database, was approved by the voters.

Locally, medical marijuana was an important issue: measure Z in Oakland was passed and the result for Measure R in Berkeley is apparently going to depend on the absentee ballots. Read more Measure Q, which would have decriminalized prostitution in Berkeley, did not win. Oakland's Measure Y, in spite of months of people mobilizing against more money for police, won, perhaps in part due to a bus stop adveritising campaign. SF Supervisor Candidate Robert Haaland won national attention because he was one of several transgender candidates He was the runner-up after Ross Mirkarimi in SF's District 5 contest.

In Oregon, voters rejected a medical marijuana initiative. Anti-gay marriage amendments passed in 11 states.

More local and national election results on Indybay's Government and Elections Page.

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