Ignacio De La Fuente's Big Gamble 

The longtime Oakland councilman is giving up sure reelection in order to take on Rebecca Kaplan, the most popular elected official in the city.

Two years ago, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan came close to winning the Oakland mayor's race. Before being eliminated in the next-to-last round of ranked-choice balloting, Kaplan trailed Jean Quan by just 2,314 votes — or 2 percentage points. And if Kaplan had finished…

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