San Francisco's contested mayoral race is coming to an end - and it looks like the tech-backed candidate is the new mayor

san francisco mayor london breed 4Board of Supervisors President London Breed speaks to reporters in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Former state Sen. Mark Leno pulled ahead in San Francisco's race for mayor by the slimmest of margins early Wednesday under the city's unusual voting system, although Breed maintained her lead in first-place votes.Jeff Chiu/AP

  • San Francisco is expected to name its new mayor on Wednesday.
  • The mayoral election took place last week, but the results were too close to call.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that former state Senator Mark Leno, who briefly enjoyed an early lead, will concede the race at a news conference.
  • Supervisor London Breed, known for being backed by high-profile tech execs, will likely be named mayor of San Francisco.

Supervisor London Breed will likely be named mayor of San Francisco later on Wednesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that former state Senator Mark Leno is expected to concede the mayor's race to Breed at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The city will release the latest election results at 4 p.m. PT.

The city's mayoral race was unresolved for a full week after election day, as votes cast for Breed and Leno were too close to call the race. Leno enjoyed a brief lead, but was soon overtaken by Breed as ballots came in.

San Francisco uses ranked-choice voting for local elections, which means residents marked their first, second, and third picks for mayor on the ballot last Tuesday.

While Breed received far and away the most first-choice votes (nearly 12 percentage points over Leno and 13 over Supervisor Jane Kim), Leno held a slight lead after election night because of the number of second- and third-choice votes cast in his favor.

As of Wednesday morning, Breed has pulled ahead of Leno with a 1,861-vote advantage. There are about 9,360 votes still be counted, according to the Chronicle.

Breed was known for attracting support from some recognizable names in tech: Gayle Conway, the wife of famed investor Ron Conway, reportedly gave $200,500 to a super PAC supporting Breed; Twitter cofounder Ev Williams is said to have similarly given 100,000 to two Breed-supporting super PACs.

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