Chesa Boudin recall margins narrow, with voters split 55% to 45% in support

The margin of ballots cast in favor of recalling San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has narrowed considerably since election day nearly a week ago, with voters split 55% to 45%, according to the most recent tally, which is close to the final count.

Boudin was trailing by 23 points — 61.3% to 38.7% — by the time the first vote count was released at 8:45 p.m. on June 7, a wide enough difference for The Chronicle and other media outlets to call the race. The gap quickly narrowed to 60% to 40% by later in the evening and has been steadily closing since.

While the trend line isn’t steep enough to signal a reversal of the outcome, it paints a more complex picture of voter sentiment in a city that initially appeared to reject Boudin by a landslide.

The latest figures, released by the San Francisco Department of Elections on Sunday afternoon, show that 121,956 San Franciscans voted to unseat Boudin, and 99,571 voted to keep him in office. This includes about 5,700 votes from vote-by-mail and provisional ballots received on election day and not reported by Saturday. Elections officials said they had “nearly completed” processing ballots and would no longer issue preliminary reports on a daily basis.

Since Boudin took office in January 2020, critics have blamed him for San Francisco’s long-running ills, from drug overdoses to mental health issues to rampant property crime. These headwinds coalesced into two recall campaigns last year, with the second effort easily gathering enough contributions and signatures to qualify for a ballot measure.

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