Early in election night, public defender Linda Colfax is leading the race for an open seat on the San Francisco bench.
With 42 percent of precincts reporting, prosecutor Harry Dorfman is running behind Colfax, with 32 percent of the vote to her 50.
At Mars Bar near the public defender's office, a glowing Colfax gripped her iPhone, beaming every time someone called in to report numbers from another precinct. Colfax said she was "thrilled at this point -- these numbers are great." Supervisor Chris Daly stopped by her party, which was heavily attended by lawyers from her office.
Across town, at the storied Harry's Bar, Dorfman said it was early still but he'd look forward to a runoff with Colfax. Board of Supervisors president David Chiu was checking returns and chatting with Dorfman and others at his party.
Jones Day partner Roderick McLeod, who pledged not to accept campaign donations, has 9 percent of the votes so far, and Robert Retana of the AOC's general counsel office, has 7 percent.