Sheng Thao takes lead in Oakland mayoral race, Pamela Price declares victory as Alameda County prosecutor

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — It’s been 11 days since Election Day, and Oakland’s mayoral race is still too close to announce.

Loren Taylor had been in the lead since election night Nov. 8, but Sheng Thao closed the gap.

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Thao took the lead for the first time, but by the tiniest of margins … just under 700 ranked choice votes – while Taylor holds the lead in total first-choice votes.

The choice ranking system will determine the next mayor.

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Thao’s team sent ABC7 News a statement saying:

“It has been a long week and a half and we have been honored to see the results move in our favor with each passing day. We are optimistic that our lead will hold and that Sheng Thao will be Oakland’s next mayor.”

Taylor wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday morning, writing, “I want to thank the Clerk and his staff for conducting the vote count in a deliberate and transparent manner. I’m honored to have won the most votes for the first place among all candidates in the race to be the next mayor of Oakland.”

He goes on to say, “Given the incredibly narrow margin based on last night’s instant second-round results, I think it’s premature to declare victory or loss at this time. I appreciate that the member of the Thao Council and members of the media seem to agree.”

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In the race for Alameda County District Attorney – Civil Rights Attorney Pamela Price declares a victory over District Attorney Terry Wiley.

Wiley conceded the race Friday night and congratulated Price in a statement.

This race makes history – Price becoming Black Alameda County’s first district attorney.

She released this statement in part, “The key numbers are a confirmation of our victory. We knew this election was going to be an exclamation point in Alameda County history.”

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