The San Francisco Sheriff’s race was too close to call as of Tuesday night, with a “cautiously optimistic” Ross Mirkarimi receiving about 38 percent of the first-place votes in the election, compared to about 28 percent for former undersheriff Chris Cunnie and 27 percent for sheriff’s Capt. Paul Miyamoto, according to complete unofficial election results. Those rankings have remained about the same with today’s preliminary ranked-choice voting results released this afternoon, with Mirkarimi retaining the lead.

36,000 ballots remained to be counted last night, with, according to the Ex, about 18,000 of those counted today.

The Department of Elections will also tabulated “ranked-choice figures as a snapshot in time of who would be the winner based on the most recent counting,” says the Ex.

The numbers (the ranked-choice grid can be viewed here):

Registration 464380
Total Ballots Cast 157026
Turnout 33.81%

ROSS MIRKARIMI 54948 votes 37.62%
CHRIS CUNNIE 41404 votes 28.34%
PAUL MIYAMOTO 40195 votes 27.52%
DAVID WONG 94156 votes 45%
WRITE-IN 111 votes 0.08%

Elsewhere: Mirkarimi Holding Slight Lead In San Francisco Sheriff Race [CBS5]
Gascon, Mirkarimi Likely Winners For SF District Attorney, Sheriff [CBS5]
Lee, Mirkarimi, and Gascon win first ranked choice tally [SFBG]
Ross Mirkarimi leads with most votes tallied to be next San Francisco sheriff [Ex]

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