Chinese Voters Set to Play Major Role in Mayor's Race

Traditionally unenthusiastic at election time, Chinese-American voters are more interested than other San Francisco residents in the 2011 mayoral race and will likely have a significant influence on its results, according to a poll released today.

The poll, conducted by the Bay Citizen and University of San Francisco, showed interim Mayor Ed Lee holding a marked lead over his large field of opponents in a poll of 447 likely voters. The poll is worth checking out, simulating as it does the multiple rounds of San Francisco's ranked-choice voting system.

Perhaps the most interesting fact to emerge from the responses, however — other than the projected election results — is the waxing influence and interest of Chinese-American voters in city politics. This trend now appears set to help shape the November mayoral race.

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