Interim Mayor Ed Lee took the big lead in the first release of vote-by-mail ballots in the SF Mayoral race.
Lee got a commanding 26,621 votes or 39.85 percent of the votes counted so far.
Supervisor John Avalos and City Attorney Dennis Herrera are next with 10.6 percent and 10.24 percent, respectively. Both candidates were endorsed by the San Francisco Democratic Party.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu was in fourth with 8.36 percent.
State Senator Leland Yee was in fifth with 8.25 percent.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi was in sixth with 6.33 percent.
This first tally includes just the vote by mail which represents about 14.59 percent of all voters. The next release of votes at 9:45 will include the first ballots from today’s polling.
Those votes could reflect a totally different voter sentiment in light of voter fraud allegations made against some of Lee’s supporters.
But if the trend continues, Lee would be very close to the 50 percent and 1 vote he needs to secure victory.
The top ten candidates received 97.65 percent.
If no one receives a majority, the Ranked Choice Voting will eliminate the lowest ranking candidate one by one and distribute their backers’ 2nd and 3rd choices until one candidate gets a majority of the vote.
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