Candidates in tight races get in last day of campaigning

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Marshall Tuck

Marshall Tuck

SAN DIEGO — Candidates in several tight election races plan campaign appearances around San Diego on the last day before voters go to the polls.

Marshall Tuck, the challenger in what’s expected to be a close race for state superintendent of public instruction is scheduled to campaign in San Diego this morning.

Tuck plans to meet parents at the Albert Einstein Academy in South Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. and hold a news conference before heading off to other parts of the state. Tuck, a charter school administrator, is running against incumbent Tom Torlakson for the office that oversees the state department of education.

Another bitterly fought race, the congressional battle between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and Republican Carl DeMaio, also enters its final day. The two — both ex-members of the San Diego City Council — are running neck-and-neck, according to recent polls.

While the Peters campaign had not announced its campaign schedule by Sunday night, DeMaio planned an 11 a.m. news conference to make his “closing statements” on the race and to tout his record of reform. He also planned to walk precincts and make telephone calls.

Carol Kim, an education consultant running for an open seat on the San Diego City Council, plans to spend today walking precincts in Clairemont Mesa and Mira Mesa, according to her campaign.

Kim is running against Chris Cate, a vice president of the San Diego Taxpayers Association who narrowly missed avoiding a runoff in the June primary. Whoever wins will become the City Council’s first Asian American in almost 50 years.

For registered voters who don’t have an absentee ballot and can’t make it to the polls on Tuesday, the Registrar of Voters office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Polls around the county will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. will have real-time election returns beginning when the polls close at 8 p.m.

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