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The lead for San Francisco’s Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus in the district attorney’s race has shrunk significantly in the last 24 hours. As of Thursday at 4 p.m., Loftus is only ahead of candidate Chesa Boudin by 879 votes. 

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.

The race has been a roller coaster since Tuesday’s election night when early counts had Boudin ahead of Loftus by less than 2,000 votes. However, after other candidates were eliminated and ranked choices were accounted for, Loftus had made a small comeback by midnight Wednesday. By the end of Wednesday, the Department of Elections reported Loftus was up by 2,205 votes.  

Boudin currently has 67,037 votes while Loftus has 67,916 votes, but 38,000 ballots have yet to be counted, according to Department of Elections Director John Artnz.

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)

Of the remaining ballots, 24,800 are mail-in ballots voters returned through Election Day, 12,500 are provisional ballots and 500 are conditional voter registration ballots. Arntz said he expects the department to finish counting the majority of mail-in ballots Friday. Processing of provisional and conditional ballots is expected to begin Saturday. 

In another close race, Breed-appointed Supervisor Vallie Brown is trailing behind candidate Dean Preston. Preston leads Brown by just 35 votes as of Thursday.

Ching Wong/SFBay San Francisco Supervisor candidate Vallie Brown, right, talks to a supporter at her election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

Of the 12,500 provisional ballots still to be counted, approximately 1,880 are from District 5.

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