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DeMaio, Filner likely headed for November runoff

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Score one for partisanship.

In the end, it looks as though the San Diego mayoral candidates endorsed by the Democratic and Republican parties have advanced to a November runoff.

Republican Councilman Carl DeMaio, who led in the polls throughout the race, looks to have won the mayoral primary with more than 30 percent of the vote.

Congressman Bob Filner, the only Democrat in the race, appears to have done enough to take second place over newly independent Nathan Fletcher.

With 66.2 percent of precincts reporting, DeMaio had 32.4 percent support while Filner had 29.14 percent, Fletcher had 23.8 percent and Bonnie Dumanis had 13.6 percent support.

Earlier, when fewer than 20 percent of precincts had reported results, Fletcher told supporters he was optimistic about the results he was seeing and asked that they hang in there for a few more hours.

Fletcher’s decision in late March to renounce his affiliation with the Republican Party to run as an independent became the defining moment of the campaign, but the move proved insufficient to push him into a November field of two. His decision followed a failed attempt to secure the local GOP’s endorsement.

DeMaio, who the local party endorsed instead of Fletcher, ran on a message of reform and was bolstered by his leadership role in the signature gathering initiative behind Proposition B, the pension reform measure that had 67.1 percent support with 66.2 percent of precincts reporting.

Supporters and opponents alike criticized Filner for running a lackluster campaign. His fundraising numbers never matched the other three candidates, but his belief that he had a distinct advantage as the only Democrat proved true.

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.

Dumanis, who was supported by Mayor Jerry Sanders, was never able to produce a meaningful move in the polls.

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