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Mayoral candidates make final pitch on eve of Election Day

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Putting a period on their respective mayoral campaigns, Democratic Rep. Bob Filner and Republican Councilman Carl DeMaio held events Monday with some of their highest profile endorsers and made closing arguments that reflected their overall campaign narratives.

Filner went to Logan Heights along with four Latino leaders — Senator and soon-to-be Congressman Juan Vargas, Assemblyman Ben Hueso and Councilman David Alvarez, and San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez — encouraging Latinos to vote for the candidate who would “pay special attention to all the communities, not just to the downtown special interests,” he said.

DeMaio, joined by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Councilman Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf and Councilmen-elect Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman, said he was the candidate to finish implementing a series of fiscal reforms and begin restoring lost services.

Sanders asked voters “to continue San Diego’s tradition of choosing temperance, moderation, and a balanced approach by voting for Carl DeMaio,” explicitly voicing the DeMaio campaign’s effort since June to transform the public perception of its candidate from the anti-tax, anti-union crusader who burst onto the political scene a decade ago into the moderate Republican the city generally elects.

A final poll on the expensive, hotly contested mayoral race — which generated more than $8 million in overall spending by campaigns and independent expenditure committees — by pollster SurveyUSA and commissioned by 10News showed Filner maintaining the lead it’s found for him throughout its polling, but continued to find DeMaio gaining support.

The poll found Filner with 49 percent of the vote, DeMaio with 45 percent and the 6 percent undecided. The five-point advantage for Filner was two less than he held in the firm’s previous poll and seven less than the poll before it.

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