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Poll suggests Faulconer has lead in mayoral race

SAN DIEGO – City Councilman Kevin Faulconer was maintaining his lead in the race to be the city’s next mayor, with former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Councilman David Alvarez nearly tied for the second spot, according to the results of a poll released Sunday.

If none of the 11 in the running or a write-in candidate vying to finish out former Mayor Bob Filner’s term garners more than 50 percent of the votes in the Nov. 19 special election, the top two will advance to a runoff to be held early next year.

AlvarezFletcherFauconerAguiIn the poll conducted by SurveyUSA, 510 likely voters were asked which candidate they would vote for if the special election were Sunday; and 40 percent indicated they would vote for Faulconer, according to 10News and U-T San Diego.

Fletcher came in second in the poll, with 24 percent, followed by Alvarez, with 22 percent.  Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre rounded out the top candidates with 7 percent, it was reported.

The previous U-T San Diego/10News poll released earlier this month showed Faulconer with 41 percent of the vote, followed by Fletcher with 28 percent, Alvarez with 17 percent and Aguirre with 7 percent.

According to the most recent U-T San Diego/10News poll, if the two city councilmen were running head-to-head, 51 percent of those polled said they would choose Faulconer, and 11 percent were undecided. If Faulconer was matched up with Fletcher, 47 percent of those polled responded in Faulconer’s favor and 14 percent were undecided, according to the poll.

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