Down 45 points, Price still holding out hope of defeating Schaaf

More than 240,000 ballots remain uncounted in Alameda County. How many of them are from Oakland is unclear, as of Friday morning.

But Oakland mayoral candidate Pamela Price is not ready to throw in the towel just yet, even though an update of the results Thursday evening continued to show her campaign trailing Mayor Libby Schaaf by a whopping 45 percentage points, 57-12.

Price is currently in third place, behind Oakland community organizer Cat Brooks, who through Thursday stood at 22 percent.

“While we do not know how many of these uncounted ballots are from Oakland, we need to continue to hope and pray that Libby has not won this election,” said Price, in an email to supporters. The same message also ask for help to “retire our debt.”

Price sent a similar email on Wednesday afternoon that criticized some media reports for labelling Schaaf’s Election Night performance as “easy.”

Because Oakland uses a ranked choice voting system which asks voters to choose their top-three choices, the tandem of Brooks and Price, and the field of seven other candidates could conceivably tightened the race. But for that to happen, Schaaf would have drop below 50 percent of the total first-place votes to kick start the tabulations.

None of the initial updates have shown much deviation in terms of support for Schaaf, or for that matter, Price.

This is Price’s second big campaign this year in Alameda County. She ran a rousing campaign against Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in the June primary that was far more competitive than last Tuesday’s mayoral contest. However, while Price won 40 percent of the DA vote, trailing O’Malley by roughly 20 percentage points, she also initially resisted in conceding the race.

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