The day after the November 5 election finds some San Diegans sad, others elated, and many just indifferent. At the time these interviews took place, the race between Bonnie Dumanis and Paul Pfingst was still undecided, and many other races were not fully counted yet.
William Garrison, 34, lives in North Park and considers himself an independent. "I was disappointed by what I perceived to be the quality of candidates for certain offices. I don't think I was particularly surprised about anything. I was glad to see that Bill Simon didn't win the governor's office in California. I'm not a big fan of his."
Dr. Kirk Wachtmann, 53, is a Democrat who lives in La Mesa. "I'm pretty disappointed that there isn't anything to balance out George Bush. I was a little bit surprised that Simon came as close as he did to Davis and that Mondale lost in Minnesota. It was good that the voter turnout was somewhat better than I had anticipated it would be -- more across the country than locally."
Jeff Hansen, 39, is a Hillcrest resident and a registered Democrat. "I'm not happy that more Republicans won than Democrats. My biggest surprise was before I went to bed, to hear that Gray Davis was losing. I'm glad about how many people participated in the election, the voter turnout."
Robert Dilley, 38, is a Republican from Clairemont. "I'm pretty upset that Paul Pfingst appears to be losing. It's not final yet, but that would be my only disappointment. I was surprised that the Republicans gained control of the Senate -- I didn't think that was going to happen. I was very happy about that."
Michelle Wright, 27, lives in Encinitas. While not registered with any party, she is registered to vote. "I'm still waiting for the results to be officially in and the absentees to be officially counted before I decide what the actual results were. The governor's race wasn't important to me, but I know Davis won. I voted for somebody in the Green Party for that one. I didn't really like either candidate. I'm tired of the party politics of Republicans versus Democrats. It's not directly related to the election, but I was surprised by everything that happened with Jesse Ventura in Minnesota. I'm glad that the numbers of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are still fairly close."
Roy Packer, 83, is a Democrat from Chula Vista. "I just didn't like the mudslinging. Instead of saying what they would do, they criticized what the other guy didn't do, and that, to me, is completely wrong. My biggest surprise was the small turnout. I'm glad they didn't split the city of L.A. apart. The best thing I can say about the election is that is was a nice day."
Charles Spratley, 32, is a Democrat who lives in Golden Hill. "My biggest disappointment is that somebody won! I was disappointed with a lot of the candidates' character, in one form or another. I really didn't have anybody I was overall pleased with, so I had to choose the lesser of the evils that I could. I was actually surprised that Davis got reelected. I wasn't exactly for Simon, but I was at least hoping that [Davis] would step down from office. Honestly, I'm not pleased about anything in the election."
Mary Hannify, 50, lives in Poway and is a Republican. "I don't have any disappointments. I'm happy with the results. I'm glad Daschle's out [as Senate majority leader]. Republicans need a break. They need to be there. The biggest surprise was Mondale. I thought he would win because of his background and reputation. The biggest result is that the Republicans have won the Senate and the House, and I'm happy with that. We need a change in government."
David Stephenson, 48, is a Hillcrest Democrat. "My biggest disappointment is probably that I didn't vote. To tell you the truth, I don't even know who won what." I tell him some of the major race results. "I wish Gray Davis wasn't in office. I know there was a lot of mudslinging in the campaign for governor, but with the energy crisis and all that, I think the governor really screwed up. He dropped the ball, as far as I'm concerned. I'm not really surprised about anything or pleased."
David Murphy, however, is quite pleased by the results. A 65-year-old Republican from Allied Gardens, he is only disappointed by one race. "Doofus Davis got reelected. What an asshole. People talk about how much he spent, what about how much he stole? The turkey came in with a $14 billion surplus, and he put us in debt $24 billion. You'd fire anybody running a company who did that! My biggest surprise was the Senate and House elections. I was so pleased. We got rid of that moron Daschle! I was especially pleased by the Minnesota race after that big rally [Senator Paul Wellstone's funeral] and all that B.S. Seeing Mondale get his ass kicked made me happy. Watching the Senate -- now we can get some honest judges instead of liberal judges. Look at Proposition 187. It went to a liberal judge and he just -- I mean, those people have no conscience."
Todd Way, 60, is a Republican who lives in University City. "I was pretty upset with Gray Davis winning...and all those bond issues that passed. I was really surprised by the gains of the Republican Party. That's highly unusual in a midterm presidential election. That's also what pleased me. But I don't know what people are thinking about when they sign up for these bonds -- where they think the money's going to come from. They can look for increased taxes very soon, I'm sure."
Robert Gordon, 46, is an independent from Point Loma. "I was disappointed with the poor choice of candidates. What surprised me the most is that the Republicans did as well as they did, since the economy is weak and a lot of people oppose the war with Iraq. The best thing about it is that we're a free country and we have the opportunity to vote."