San Francisco District Attorney election too close to call, Chesa Boudin leads in first-place selection

As of 7:45 a.m. PST Wednesday, the results of San Francisco’s district attorney election remained too close to call. With partial results reported from just under 100% of precincts, Chesa Boudin led with 32.9% of the first-choice vote, followed by Suzy Loftus with 30.8%, Nancy Tung with 20.7%, and Leif Dautch with 15.4%.
 
Under San Francisco’s system of ranked-choice voting, voters may select multiple candidates, ranking their preferences from among their options. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the last-place candidate is eliminated and their voters’ votes are allocated to their next preferred candidate. This process is repeated until one candidate has a majority. As of 6:00 a.m., second-, third-, and fourth-choice results were not available.
 
This was the first open-seat election for San Francisco District Attorney since 1909. The race attracted national attention, with presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris issuing endorsements. Sanders endorsed Boudin while Harris, who held the office herself before winning election as California attorney general, endorsed Loftus.



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