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DeMaio, Filner Brace for November Runoff After Close Primary Race

Nathan Fletcher trailed with 23.98 percent, followed by Bonnie Dumanis with 13.1 percent.

Updated at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday

Councilman Carl DeMaio will face off in November against outgoing congressman Bob Filner for mayor of San Diego after finishing only 2 percentage points apart Tuesday in a tight primary battle.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, DeMaio, who had been steadily ahead in polling in recent months, finished with  ahead with 32.11 percent of the vote, just ahead of the 30.11 percent for Filner, the lone Democrat in the race.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher trailed with 23.98 percent, followed by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis with 13.1 percent. Tobiah Pettus was far back, with less than 1 percent of the vote.

With Filner pulling away from Fletcher late in the evening, he went on an early victory lap at Golden Hall downtown, saying he was "better prepared" to be mayor than anyone else.

"I'm looking forward to bringing real change to City Hall," Filner told Patch.

Fletcher announced in March that he was leaving the Republican Party to become independent, though the mayor's office is non-partisan.

The announcement prompted gains in polling for the assemblyman, who had been in third. Since then, he has see-sawed with Filner, a Democrat, for second place.

LaPlaya Heritage June 06, 2012 at 06:49 AM
We are calling on City Councilman Carl DeMaio and State Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher to support Congressman Bob Filner’s effort to End Homelessness amongst Veterans in San Diego by the 2015 Deadline. Congressman Filner and Homeless advocate are asking Governor Jerry Brown for an accelerated repayment schedule of misappropriated Federal HUD Debt totaling $144 million plus accrued interest, from former Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Tax Increment (TI). www.tinyurl.com/20120526 The issue of Veterans Homelessness nation-wide is being resolved through Federal HUD-VASH Vouchers secured by Congressman Bob Filner. The new Federal goal to end Homelessness amongst Veterans by 2015 championed by Congressman Filner is supported by President Obama. A new source of Federal Money just started coming in this year for the first 200 HUD-VASH Supportive Housing Vouchers for the San Diego region. There are approximately 1,000 Unsheltered Veterans at last count. All Homeless Veterans who want Emergency Shelter will be housed by 2015, unless future Congresses or Presidents try to cut the Federal VA and HUD funding for returning troops.
Linda June 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Stop the Dumanis terrorism against suffering medical marijuana cancer patients. Please re-open at least one dispensary in San Diego, this is not a fascist city.
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