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.


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.

At his campaign party at Sweet T's restaurant in Santa Rosa, City Council candidate Hans Dippel warned supporters early on he wouldn't be staying for the late returns.

Dippel said it was a homework night and his son, Jack, who'll turn 10 on Friday, was anticipating his usual paternal input before bedtime.

NOT SO PERSONAL: Late on election night, just after President Barack Obama declared in his victory speech that more unites Americans than divides them, Gorin greeted supporters at Democratic Party central in Santa Rosa and introduced fellow Councilman Gary Wysocky as "our next mayor."

Outside, Wysocky he'd like to see the new council embrace Obama's urging to focus more on what unites than divides us.

"Just because I disagree with you politically, doesn't mean you have to take it personally," he said.

SLOPPY SALUTE: Erin Carlstrom stood with supporters at the central Santa Rosa intersection of Mendocino and College avenues on Tuesday morning and evening, waving signs that said thanks and remember to vote.

Some passersby honked or thumbs-upped, but Carlstrom thinks one truck driver's salute was unintentional.

As the tanker made a wide left turn onto College, the Santa Rosa council candidate said, "I could see some purple stuff spewing from the top."

She ducked to avoid being splashed by what she quickly determined to be either grape juice or wine.

Her nose couldn't discern its drinkability due to the potent undertones of asphalt and street grime.