Completing a mathematical miracle, Councilwoman Jean Quan upset longtime Bay Area power player Don Perata to become mayor of Oakland.
While Perata heavily outpolled Quan on election day, the councilwoman received far more second- and third-place votes to catch and pass the favorite as ranked-choice voting progressed. In what is being called the "Anybody But Perata" turnout, Quan received 75 percent of Rebecca Kaplan's second-place votes.
Quan will be Oakland's first female mayor, first Asian mayor, and first in a long time who isn't a celebrity politician on the (apparent) downside of a long and controversial career.
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