District 7 vote tally narrows to razor’s edge 

click to enlarge F.X. Crowley lead the race for District 7 against Norman Yee by over 300 votes earlier in the week, but as of Thursday evening was only ahead by 97 with another 8,100 ballots to count. See the breakdown below the article. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • F.X. Crowley lead the race for District 7 against Norman Yee by over 300 votes earlier in the week, but as of Thursday evening was only ahead by 97 with another 8,100 ballots to count. See the breakdown below the article.

The outcome of the District 7 supervisorial election is far from resolved, after labor leader F.X. Crowley’s margin over his closest competitor decreased Thursday from 331 votes to just 97 after 3,400 additional
ballots were counted.

The race appears to be a tossup between Crowley and Board of Education President Norman Yee, who is viewed as the more progressive of the two candidates.

With about 8,100 more ballots left to be counted in the District 7 nail-biter, it will be days before the residents of southwestern San Francisco find out who will assume the post currently held by termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd.

Under the most recent vote tally, released Thursday at 4 p.m., Yee received the most first-place votes at 7,746 to Crowley’s 6,680. But Yee was 97 votes behind Crowley after some voters’ second- and third-choice selections were redistributed under The City’s ranked-choice voting system. Under the system, when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and the second- and third-place selections of their supporters are redistributed. The process continues until one candidate receives a majority.

Department of Elections Director John Arntz said 4,500 District 7 vote-by-mail ballots will be counted today and the final 1,700 will be counted Saturday. Another 1,900 ballots are provisional, which city workers will start counting Monday.

Some of those provisional ballots, which are cast by voters at polling stations where their names don’t appear on the voter rolls, will probably be disqualified.

Arntz said an untold number of District 7 ballots were rejected by voting machines and need to be reviewed manually. Citywide, there are 12,000 such ballots.

Yee said he was “happier today than he was yesterday” and is trying to “keep my emotions in check.” He said the closeness of the race reflects that both he and Crowley had strong ground campaigns.

“It paid off for both of us,” Yee said.

Crowley and his campaign operator Alex Tourk were on hand outside the Department of Elections on Thursday to see firsthand the results of the latest tally. The decreasing margin would seemingly make Crowley a little anxious, but when asked if he believes he will ultimately prevail, he said, “I suspect I will.”

But it’s going to be a considerable wait.

“We will be done counting everything hopefully by next week,” Arntz said.

Citywide, 74,000 ballots still need to be counted.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

 

Who’s the next supervisor?

Labor leader F.X. Crowley leads Board of Education President Norman Yee by just 97 votes, with about 8,100 ballots still to be counted.

Initial Vote Round 2 Round 3 Round  4 Round 5 Round 6
Norman Yee 7,746 7,807 7,916 8,618 9,458 10,592
F.X. Crowley 6,680 6,729 6,792 7,432 8,366 10,689
Michael Garcia 4,780 4,812 4,884 5,441 6,471 0
Joel Engardio 3,571 3,605 3,679 4,153 0 0
Robert Squeri 1,349 1,388 1,414 0 0 0
Julian Lagos 914 979 1,116 0 0 0
Andrew Bley 693 782 908 0 0 0
Lynn Gavin 612 685 0 0 0 0
Glenn Rogers 501 0 0 0 0 0
Over or under votes 1,977 1,977 1,977 1,981 1,982 1,983
Exhausted ballots 0 59 137 1,198 2,546 5,559
Total 28,823 28,823 28,823 28,823 28,823 28,823
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