It ain’t over until it’s over on Election Day, as Donna Frye, Mike Aguirre or Kevin Faulconer can tell you.

All three officeholders have weathered city elections that kept the fates of their campaigns undecided well after midnight.

But campaign consultants usually have a good idea about where they stand by 8 p.m., when the results for absentee ballots are released to the public.

In the Proposition C contest, both sides say they have a decent idea of what they want to see when the absentee votes are counted.

Yes on B&C spokeswoman Mary Anne Pintar said supporters have reason to be “optimistic” if they garner 60 percent of the absentee vote.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Tierney, the consultant for Police and Fire Fighters Against Proposition C, said she hopes that her side is “anywhere but way behind” come 8 p.m. Tierney said she expects to pick up ground throughout the evening because her group only started to air television ads week ago. The recent wave of spending may have passed over absentee voters but could have impacted Tuesday’s ballot-casters, she said.

“If we’re within four or five points at that point, we’ll be feeling good,” Tierney said.

But then again, every vote counts.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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