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In San Francisco, Being Everyone’s Second Choice Can Make You Mayor

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The following is an excerpt from HENRY GRABAR | June 6, 2018 | Slate.com |

Tuesday’s San Francisco mayoral election was a landmark moment for American democracy—and not just because the three leading candidates to lead a bellwether city were a black woman, a Korean-American woman, and a gay man. It appears likely to be the largest election in recent U.S. history in which the candidate with the most first-choice votes didn’t win.

Mark Leno, the 66-year-old state senator who is currently on his way to winning, is a pretty likable guy. He’s progressive, but with more remove from city politics than Supervisor Jane Kim, who finished third. He’s an old-timer, but without the reputation for the status quo of Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who appears to have finished second. (The votes are still being counted.) In a Goldilocks, low-turnout election with three front-runners, he won because most San Franciscans thought not “Hey, that guy’s just right,” but that he’s just all right.

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