Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is on the way to repeating her dominating 2014 election victory. Schaaf is leading the field of nine challengers with a whopping 65 percent of the first-place votes, with just 17 percent of precincts in Oakland reporting.
Schaaf leads Cat Brooks by 15,000 votes. Brooks, a community organizer, received 15 percent of the initial first-place votes, followed by civil rights attorney Pamela Price with 11 percent.
Oakland uses the ranked choice voting system, but Schaaf’s dominating early performance means it won’t come in effect in this race since the incumbent mayor already holds a likely majority of the vote.
Four years ago, Schaaf garnered 62 percent of the final tabulation, but only passed the majority threshold after numerous rounds of ranked choice voting.