Leno concedes, Breed will be SF mayor again

By Janie Har | Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Former state Sen. Mark Leno conceded a hard-fought San Francisco mayor’s race on Wednesday, a week after the June 5 election, saying that he called London Breed to offer congratulations on her new job as mayor.

Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors, was leading Leno by fewer than 1,900 votes Tuesday with about 245,000 ballots tallied and at least 9,000 ballots left to count. Her lead has been increasing since Saturday.

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The elections office will release an updated tally at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Breed’s campaign had no immediate comment, but she is expected to comment later Wednesday.

Leno said it was a positive conversation and that Breed was gracious.

“She is a remarkable young woman and she is going to do a very fine job. Her success is San Francisco’s success,” he said to reporters in his tiny print shop.

Jason McDaniel, associate political science professor at San Francisco State University, said Breed gained votes in Tuesday’s count in areas that were supposed to favor Leno.

“It is almost impossible to imagine Leno getting enough votes from the remaining uncounted ballots,” he said.

Breed, the 43-year-old president of the Board of Supervisors, might be the first African-American woman elected to lead the city.

San Francisco is remarkably wealthy thanks to an economy boosted by the tech sector, but it also has deep pockets of poverty and an entrenched problem with homelessness.

Despite a compelling personal story that showed her as an underdog, Breed was the favorite of the business and political establishment communities going into the contest. Mayor Ed Lee died in December, setting off a race that was not supposed to occur until next year.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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