Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Councilmember Libby Schaaf built upon an early 11-point lead in Oakland’s mayoral race and never looked back Tuesday night.

Although many ballots remain to be counting, ranked choice voting tabulations give Schaaf an enormous 26-point lead over the second place finisher, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Despite the unofficial results, Schaaf is likely to become mayor-elect of Oakland.

Initial results released shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday showed Schaaf leading the 15-person field with over 28 percent of the first place votes. Mayor Jean Quan followed at 17 percent; Kaplan 14 percent; Joe Tuman and Dan Siegel with over 12 percent.

The lead, however, steadily grew throughout the late night. After 15 rounds of ranked choice tabulations, Schaaf’s advantage grew steeply to 62.79 percent over Kaplan’s 37.21 percent. Quan was the last candidate eliminated from the race after compiling 23.76 percent of the vote. Only slightly more of her support went to Kaplan over Schaaf and with roughly the same number of exhausted votes.

On Wednesday, Quan conceded victory and congratulated Schaaf. Later in the day, Kaplan followed suit.