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SMITH: A night to stay up and be counted

As they partied with supporters two-tenths of a mile apart in Sonoma on Tuesday night, Susan Gorin and John Sawyer found it easy to say how they were feeling at the moment.

Better.

Gorin said she'd hit a low last week. As we spoke outside her campaign headquarters on Broadway, she held a small lead in early returns over fellow Santa Rosa Councilman John Sawyer.

Gorin thought her blues may have been caused in part by the harshly negative tone of the supervisorial campaign. She said it was not all Sawyer's doing.

"I have some regrets about things I may have said," Gorin said. "I would like to get rid of all that."

JUST UP THE BLOCK, Sawyer said he hit a wall Monday, but was energized by rising early Tuesday to knock on doors.

Sawyer gazed up at the TV monitor at his headquarters on the wall to see that with more than 27,000 votes counted in the 1st District supervisorial race, he trailed Gorin by fewer than 400 votes.

"I'm standing in the city (Sonoma) that's going to turn this election around," he said.

He predicted a long night, maybe a long week.

ELECTION NIGHT, YES: And Tuesday was also a school night.


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