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  Strong Green challenge in S.F.'s mayoral runoff worries city Democrats
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News DateTuesday, December 2, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description On paper, the job of San Francisco mayor is supposed to be nonpartisan. In practice, it's been more than four decades since voters elected anyone other than a Democrat to run the city, where the political spectrum seems to run from left-of-center to liberaler-than-thou.

Now that the Democrat hoping to succeed Mayor Willie Brown is facing an unexpectedly tight runoff election against a Green Party candidate, the City Hall race is attracting unusual attention from national Democrats still bitter over losing California's governorship to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The most potent symbol of the party's anxiety is today's scheduled visit by former Vice President Al Gore on behalf of Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Gore, whose narrow loss in the 2000 presidential election was blamed in part on the votes won by the Green Party's Ralph Nader, will attend a fund-raising reception and campaign event for Newsom.
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