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You can drop the interim now:Ed Lee is San Francisco’s first elected Asian American mayor

The second choices have spoken: Ed Lee has 61 percent of the vote, more than enough for the majority needed to win the San Francisco mayoral election.

Supervisor John Avalos more than doubled his election night position with 39 percent of the vote, but it was not enough to keep Lee from making history.

The vote was released at 4pm, with an intial listing showing just provisional ballots counted on this day. It showed virtually no change. But when 11 rounds of Ranked Choice ballots were posted, Lee was named on enough second choice ballots to take a commanding 25,000 vote lead.

Avalos told KCBS radio he is not conceding the race as 35,000 ballots still remain uncounted. 

Until that concession comes, Lee technically is only the “presumptive” winner.

More results will be posted by the city at 4pm Thursday.