OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – East Oakland councilman Loren Taylor is winning the race to succeed Libby Schaaf as mayor of Oakland, according to preliminary election returns. 

Taylor has won 53.2% of the vote, compared to 46.7% won by Sheng Thao in the ninth round of ranked-choice voting, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters as of Wednesday morning.

Taylor is beating a field of nine other candidates.

He was endorsed by Schaaf, the mayors of San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and the San Francisco Chronicle. Schaaf could not stand election due to term limits.

Thao put out a statement on the state of the race, saying:

“We are so proud of the campaign we have run, and want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers for their dedication to our great city. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has so far only counted 37,000 votes and there are 70,000 ballots that remain to be counted. We remain optimistic about the final outcome. Every vote deserves to be counted.”