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Breed’s lead increases to 1,580 votes in San Francisco’s mayoral race

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Board of Supervisors President meets with supporters during an Election Day luncheon outside John’s Grill in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Board of Supervisors President London Breed widened her lead Sunday over former state Sen. Mark Leno in San Francisco’s mayoral race with the latest tally announced by the Department of Elections.

Breed took the lead by 498 votes Saturday, after Leno had been leading since early Wednesday, and on Sunday her lead increased to 1,580 votes.

Breed is now leading in the count 103,388 votes, or 50.38 percent, to Leno’s 101,808 votes, or 49.62 percent.

The department has counted a total of 226,124 ballots, or nearly 47 percent of those registered to vote in The City. The department has about 25,000 ballots left to count.

Leno’s lead continued to decrease each day with the daily count update, until Saturday when Breed overtook him.

Breed has always led with voters’ first choice votes by a margin that only continues to increase. She is now 11.6 percentage points ahead of Leno in first choice votes, or 81,806 votes to Leno’s 55,867 votes. Early Wednesday that margin was under 10 percent.

Leno, meanwhile, receives a larger boost than Breed from Supervisor Jane Kim’s supporters. Leno and Kim worked together on a ranked-choice vote strategy. Kim told her supporters to vote for Leno as their number two choice. In the latest tally Sunday, when Kim, who came in third, is eliminated, 39,184 of the votes from her supporters go to Leno, while 11,682 votes from her supporters go to Breed.

The department had counted 16,400 ballots since Saturday’s count, which included about 2,600 ballots dropped off at City Hall on Election Day, 2,400 ballots from those who voted at City Hall and 4,800 ballots dropped off at various polling stations on Election Day.

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