The first returns of the evening will include the absentee ballots. Mary Souza's supporters are confident that they will do well in the early returns. They focused a lot on getting supporters (Republican do-or-diers) to vote absentee. If Mary has a strong absentee showing, she could be in good shape throughout the evening. If she's tied or behind after the initial reporting, she could be in for a long evening. Stay tuned.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.