Sandy Genis is leading the Costa Mesa City Council race as of late Tuesday night. (SCOTT SMELTZER, Daily Pilot / September 5, 2012)

The saga was one of several that made for contentious and atypical political theater throughout Costa Mesa's heated election season.

Across town at the Westside Bar & Grill on West 19th Street, Weitzberg, Stephens and Genis — and their supporters — watched the results.

Despite their slate getting fewer votes than their opponents, the mood was cheerful, with dancing and music.

The supporters — which included members of Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) — waved flags, displayed banners and showed off centerpieces with the candidates' photos on them.

"I am feeling very good," said Robin Leffler, head of CM4RG. "Well the night's not over. This really was a bad pot of soup."

Organizers were also handing out sheriff's badges because, they hoped, there would be "a new sheriff in town."

Charles Mooney, a Costa Mesa resident since 1978, sat at the bar with a T-shirt in support of Genis, Weitzberg and Stephens.

"I know they have no other political agenda other than putting residents first ... I think they make a great three-person combination for council," he said.

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