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Chesa Boudin looks like he’s celebrating Tuesday. Although San Francisco’s progressive candidate for district attorney is leading with less than 2,000 votes, he is so far beating out mayor-appointed Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, according to a Department of Elections update around 11 p.m.

Ching Wong/SFBay Supporters hold signs outside San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin’s election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

Nancy Tung is coming in third place with 22,329 votes — Leif Dautch is ranking last with just a little more than 15 percent.

Loftus was appointed interim DA last month by Mayor London Breed when former DA George Gascon suddenly resigned. The mayor’s move to put Loftus in the position so near the election received wide criticism. Some called it “political favoritism.”

Ching Wong/SFBay Chesa Boudin raises his fist during giving a speech after winning San Francisco district attorney’s race at his election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

Loftus said at her election night party Tuesday night:

“This campaign has been all heart and it’s been all San Francisco.”

Jerold Chinn/SFBay Interim District Attorney and candidate Suzy Loftus with her family, waves her crowd of supporters at her election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday November 5, 2019.

She added:

“The night is young. We are going to watch very closely. We’re all going to be hitting refresh.”

Vallie Brown is losing the District 5 supervisor race to Dean Preston by a small margin. Brown, also a Breed appointee. is less than one percentage point behind Preston, who’s drawn more than 47 percent of the first-ranked votes.

Ching Wong/SFBay Supervisor Vallie Brown arrives at her election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

Among other priorities, Preston has run on a platform of free Muni for all and 10,000 affordable housing units in 10 years.

Update: As of midnight, Suzy Loftus has a 240-vote lead over Chesa Boudin after factoring in ranked choice voting. In the Distrct 5 race, Dean Preston leads Supervisor Vallie Brown by 218 votes.

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