Latest tally seals London Breed as San Francisco mayor

14 Juin, 2018, 08:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Latest tally seals London Breed as San Francisco mayor

But if not, a complicated process ensues in which the last-place finisher is eliminated and any voters who ranked that person first will now have their vote count toward their second choice. The candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated, and votes for that person are redistributed to the voter's second choice, and so on until a victor emerges with the majority.

But Breed still prevailed, riding her support among the business and political establishment who helped her lead the field in campaign donations.

Leno pointed to Breed's consistent gains and growing lead when asked why he chose to concede before he was mathematically eliminated from winning. "We haven't seen a day where it hasn't gone in her direction", he said.

At a short news conference, Breed, 43, praised Lee and thanked her supporters, as well as the other candidates, including Mark Leno, a former state senator who conceded the race hours earlier.

During his press conference, he also said he wished Breed all the best when speaking to her, particularly given a number of complex issues facing the city.

"Her success is San Francisco's success", he said.

With the results neck-and-neck, the San Francisco Department of Elections began counting almost 14,000 provisional ballots this week.

London Breed has officially became the first Black woman to be elected as San Francisco's mayor on Wednesday. He was a "true public servant", Breed said.

As of Tuesday, Breed - who is president of the Board of Supervisors and filled in as mayor for several weeks after the December death of Mayor Ed Lee, remained ahead of Leno with 111,446 votes, translating to 50.42 percent.

She started her career in the city government as an intern before climbing its rungs.

San Francisco is now grappling with rampant homelessness, rubbish-littered streets that have been likened to developing-world slums, and a property-price boom that is driving working families out of the city.

Seeing Breed as a more moderate candidate and not wanting her to have an incumbent's advantage in the election, progressive supervisors banded together to replace Breed as acting mayor and appoint Supervisor Mark Farrell to serve as mayor until the June election.

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This electrified Breed's base, and the election became a classic San Francisco moderate-vs. -progressive battle between Breed on one side and Leno and Kim on the other, running to Breed's left.

The board will now be tasked to elect Breed's replacement as president to finish out the remainder of her term, which ends in January.

"It galvanized her core supporters", McDaniel said.

Kim also congratulated Breed in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "It may have taken away a strategic avenue of attack that Leno and Kim could have used if Breed had been the interim mayor". "So many people care about making sure that we're coming together to address these most challenging issues", Breed said. "We know that there is so much work to do", she said. "And I am prepared to make sure that I do everything that I can to work together, to bring the Board of Supervisors together, to bring everyone together for the objective of solving our most challenging problems". "I think the election will be remembered as is this time in San Francisco to be remembered".

Breed's narrow lead has been increasing since Saturday and Leno conceded the race Wednesday, saying the math did not favor his campaign.

That strategy is likely what kept Leno in the race so long. As of the latest count released on Wednesday afternoon, Breed led Leno by almost 30,000 votes and 12 percentage points in first-place votes.

In his concession speech, Leno called Kim a "great partner and fierce ally".

She is the second woman and the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco.

When asked to reflect on the milestone of being the first African-American woman to be the city's mayor, she said: "It's really wonderful, and it's really an honor ..."

KQED's Marisa Lagos contributed reporting to this story.

Leno declined to say whether he would run again for another office and what his plans are from here.

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