Much has been made of Asian voter influence in Tuesday’s mayoral election, but it’s also important to note that the geographic support of Ed Lee’s stretched citywide — including into the home district of his closest competitor.
According to a preliminary statement of vote totals released by the Department of Elections, Lee beat Supervisor John Avalos in The City’s southern District 11 by a 2 to 1 ratio. Lee also carried eight of the 11 supervisorial districts.
Avalos took District 8 — which includes the Castro neighborhood — where it was widely expected that either City Attorney Dennis Herrera or former Supervisor Bevan Dufty would win the LGBT vote. Instead, Herrera and Dufty came in third and fourth place respectively and Lee took second.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu — the race’s fourth-place finisher — also didn’t carry his home base, with Lee also dominating District 3.
Most of Lee’s support came from the so-called “donut” of less liberal and more heavily Asian precincts on The City’s perimeter. Second and third place finishers Avalos and Herrera did better in the “hole,” also known as the “creamy hipster center” that includes San Francisco’s interior neighborhoods like Mission, Castro and Noe Valley.