Poll: Ed Lee has big lead in SF mayor race

San Francisco interim mayor Ed Lee speaks at a news conference after filing papers to run for a four-year term as mayor at City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

October 18, 2011 1:03:32 PM PDT
A new poll shows San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in great position to keep the job.

The Bay Citizen-USF poll shows the 58-year-old Lee dominating the field just three weeks before the election. More than 31 percent of respondents say Lee is their first choice under the cities ranked choice voting process.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is second at 8.1 percent, and Supervisor John Avalos is third at 7.4 percent. If Lee wins, he would become San Francisco's first elected Chinese-American mayor.