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Matt Haney secures Assembly seat with nearly two-thirds vote

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney declared himself the winner on Twitter on Tuesday evening in a bid for State Assembly.

Haney had secured more than 63% of the votes in the race for Assembly District 17 as of 9:54 p.m., with challenger David Campos garnering around 37%. Not all of the votes are counted, but Haney’s commanding lead makes him the projected winner.

Haney tweeted:

First results are out: We’re up by over 27 points. We won.”

The special election was to replace David Chiu, who resigned after being named city attorney by Mayor London Breed. Breed will now select Haney’s replacement on the board of supervisors.

Haney will now complete Chiu’s term, which ends in December. A primary election is already set for June 7 with Haney and Campos on the ballot, though considering Tuesday’s formidable margin, decisions lie ahead for Campos concerning if and how to continue his campaign.

With just the single Assembly race on the ballot, only around 3,300 San Franciscans turned out Tuesday to vote. Another 58,000 or so voted by mail, for a total voter turnout of about 23%, or 61,483, the third-smallest number of voters to decide a San Francisco election since 1908.

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