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Progressive lawyer Boudin wins San Francisco's DA race

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Nov 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 15:12:00-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The son of anti-war radicals who went to prison for murder has won San Francisco's tightly contested race for district attorney by campaigning to overhaul the criminal justice system.

Chesa Boudin (CHAY-sah boo-DEEN) declared victory Saturday night after four days of ballot counting determined he was ahead of Suzy Loftus.

Loftus, the interim district attorney, conceded and said she will work to ensure a smooth transition.

Boudin's parents were members of the far-left Weather Underground. They were sent to prison when he was an infant for their role in an armed heist in New York that killed three people.

Boudin said growing up with incarcerated parents motivated him to study law and reform the nation's broken criminal justice system.