Jane Kim becomes vote leader in state Senate primary

Supervisor Jane Kim took the lead among San Francisco and San Mateo County voters in the state Senate June primary race Monday, surpassing her opponent Supervisor Scott Wiener, according to latest updated tally.

Kim is now leading for the first time in the overall vote count since Election Day, with 116,289 votes, or 45.3 percent. Wiener has 115,916 votes, or 45.2 percent. Kim is ahead of Wiener by 373 votes as of 4:21 p.m. Monday.

Kim had consistently trailed Wiener since the early returns on election night, but has gained ground on Wiener as more votes have been counted, adding more suspense to the race and indicating the closeness of the contest.

Last Wednesday, Kim took the lead over Wiener among San Francisco voters by 70 votes. That lead increased to 1,417 San Francisco votes as of Monday, with Kim at 109,882 votes to Wiener’s 108,411.

“I am excited about the updated results and that our work over the last six years and our message speaks to the priorities of the Senate District 11 voters,” Kim wrote in a text message. “I am deeply thankful to our supporters and volunteers who helped to deliver our message on the ground and that money alone does not win elections. I look forward to the ongoing fight to November and proving that our city is not for sale.”

The two will face off this November. The winner will serve as the District 11 state senator, replacing termed out Mark Leno. The district includes a northern portion of San Mateo County.

“This was an extremely close primary and we are moving on to November,” Wiener wrote in a text message. “We look forward to the November results that will actually decide the race.”

He also said that “these next few months give us the opportunity to more effectively communicate my work and vision and ensure voters know who Jane is.”

The Department of Elections has about 1,500 ballots remaining to count.

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