Update: Ed Lee Likely Wins Full Term as San Francisco Mayor; Gascon & Mirkarimi Also Earn Wins

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:25:59 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- It appears Ed Lee will be mayor of San Francisco for the next four years.

City officials say Lee earned more than 61% of the vote after eleven rounds of ranked choice voting.  The incumbent mayor had 31% of the first choice votes on election day.

Former police chief George Gascon won a full term as District Attorney.  It took three rounds of balloting form him to earn 64% of the vote. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be San Francisco's new sheriff.  He earned 53% approval after the third round.

The delay in declaring victors came because of the city's ranked choice voting system.  Voters have to choose three candidates in order of preference.  The last place candidate's second place votes are distributed in each round until someone wins a clear majority.  These results are also subject to change when more ballots are counted.  The county has to certify the numbers in early December.

That system is provoking new controversy.  Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Mark Farrell are calling for an end to the ranked-choice saying it's confusing for voters.

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