Mike Gravel to spend election night in Berkeley

mike-gravel.jpgMike Gravel — the former U.S. Senator from Alaska and the only Democrat besides Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the ballot and still in tomorrow night’s race — will be at Spud’s Pizza, 3290 Adeline St. (at Alcatraz) in Berkeley.

It’s an open-house type event hosted by World Can’t Wait–Drive Out the Bush Regime activists; the candidate, who says he’s the only true progressive left now that John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich have dropped out, will be there from 6 to 9 p.m.

He’s around today, too: a 3 p.m. meet-and-greet at the Red Vic, 1665 Haight St. in San Francisco, and then a 6:30 p.m. address in the Xavier Room at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Hall, at Golden Gate and Parker avenues.

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