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Wiener holds lead in Senate race with 118,000 SF ballots left to count

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Senate hopefuls Supervisor Scott Wiener (left) and Supervisor Jane Kim at their separate election parties in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner, Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s five point lead in the District 11 state Senate race remained intact against Supervisor Jane Kim on Thursday after San Francisco’s Department of Elections counted about 5,100 more ballots in that contest.

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That is perhaps the only local race in which the vote rally is still being closely watched. David Latterman, who worked on Wiener’s campaign, said Wednesday of Kim’s vote margin, “It’s a steep climb. It’s not impossible, but it’s steep.”

But since Kim did come from behind in the June primary to win after trailing in the earlier vote tallies, there remains some chance for a repeat pattern.

The winner will serve the post being vacated by termed out Sen. Mark Leno, who represents both San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wiener had 52.5 percent of the vote, or 145,328 votes, while Kim had 131,536 votes, or 47.5 percent, according to the the Secretary of State tally, which includes the latest count from San Francisco.

The San Francisco Department of Elections has 118,000 more ballots to count, including approximately 95,000 vote-by-mail ballots and an estimated 23,000 provisional ballots.

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