San Diego residents will choose between Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Democratic Congressman Bob Filner in November on who they want as the next mayor.
DeMaio and Filner were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election and are advancing to a November runoff since none of the four major candidates for San Diego mayor received more than 50 percent of the vote.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, DeMaio received 55,120 votes or 32.11 percent, and Filner picked up 51,680 votes or 30.11 percent of the total votes.
Independent and military veteran Nathan Fletcher came in third at 23.98 percent, 41,157 votes. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis landed in fourth with 22,488 votes, 13.10 percent of the votes.
DeMaio ran on a message of reform and was bolstered by his leadership role in the signature gathering initiative behind Proposition B, which would reform San Diego city employees' pension plans, passed by 66.19 percent.
Filner was the only Democrat in the mayoral race, which proved to be a distinct advantage.
Speaking to reporters while celebrating his second-place finish, he said Prop. B would be locked up in courts for years and pledged to continue opposing it.
There are approximately 135,000 absentee and provisional ballots that still need to be counted. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters will next update elections results on Thursday at 5 p.m.