The plot thickens Friday over who will become San Francisco’s next district attorney. Chesa Boudin, the criminal justice reformer candidate, has pushed Breed-appointed Interim DA Suzy Loftus back into second place with a 156-vote lead.

Ching Wong/SFBay San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin speaks to supporters at his election night party in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

The Department of Elections reported Friday afternoon that Boudin’s vote count reached 78,809, while Loftus slips behind with 78,653. 

Early Tuesday election results had Boudin ahead by less than 2,000 votes, but later ranked-choice adjustments and ballot counts repositioned Loftus at the top until Friday.

Jerold Chinn/SFBay Former president of the San Francisco Police Commission and candidate for district attorney Suzy Loftus, spoke with a crowd of supporters following her interim appointment to replace District Attorney George Gascon in Chinatown in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, October 4, 2019.

John Artnz, director of the Department of Elections, said approximately 15,500 ballots remain uncounted. Of those, 1,500 are mail-in ballots and 14,000 are from provisional or conditional voters.

Democratic socialist Dean Preston leads incumbent Supervisor Vallie Brown in the District 5 supervisor’s race by 35 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)

Artnz said there are still 2,107 provisional District 5 ballots to be processed.

The public can visit the Department of Elections website for daily updates at 4 p.m.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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