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Ed Lee wins San Francisco mayoral race: preliminary results


09:52, November 10, 2011

SAN FRANCSICO, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Ed Lee, interim mayor of San Francisco, has won in the U.S. city's mayoral race, according to latest ballots counted on Wednesday.

Though still unofficial, Lee is set to become the first elected Chinese American mayor in San Francisco, where a quarter of its population is ethnic Chinese.

Preliminary results released Wednesday afternoon from the city's elections department showed that Lee collected 61.21 percent of the votes in the city's ranked-choice voting system.

Under the system, voters can choose first, second and third choices of candidates. If no candidate receives a more than 50 percent of the first-choice selections, the candidate who received the fewest number of first-choice selections is eliminated and their vote is transferred to their second choice.

The votes are then recounted. If any remaining candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, he or she is declared the winner.

According to the first rounds of votes counted on the election day on Tuesday, Lee received 31.51 percent of the votes.

Lee, 59, was appointed as the interim mayor in January by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, the city's legislative branch, to serve out the final year of former mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected as lieutenant governor of the state of California.

At that time, he already made history as the first Chinese American appointed to take the city's top job.

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