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Could two three-way races end without a runoff?

By Katy Murphy
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 12:09 am in School board news.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: It looks like there could be a runoff between Alice Spearman and Doris Limbrick for the East Oakland-Elmhurst seat. With all of the precincts counted, Spearman had 49.54 percent of the vote (Limbrick 32%; Beverly Williams 17%), and candidates need at least 50 percent to win.

Jody London won the North Oakland race, with 55 percent (Brian Rogers 36%; Tennessee Reed 9%). Jumoke Hinton Hodge will represent West Oakland on the board (Hinton Hodge 52%; Olugbemiga Oluwole Sr. 47%)


Jody London (North Oakland) and Alice Spearman (East Oakland-Elmhurst) have double-digit leads on their respective opponents, but Spearman was barely beyond the 50 percent threshold as of midnight.

Unless Spearman secures 50 percent-plus-1 in the race against Doris Limbrick and Beverly Williams, she’ll face Limbrick (now in second place at 31 percent) in a runoff.


It looks like London has a lock on the three-way race for the North Oakland seat, with 55 percent of the vote to Brian Rogers’ 36 and Tennessee Reed’s 9 (57 percent of precincts counted). If London dips below 50 percent, it’ll be a run-off between her and Rogers.


The District 3 race is slightly closer. With 83 percent of the precincts in, Jumoke Hinton Hodge has a 5-point lead over Olugbemiga Oluwole Sr. (52 percent to 47 percent).

I’ll update you later this morning, or you can check the results yourself here.

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