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Republican leads Democrat in vote for next San Diego mayor

Republican leads Democrat in vote for next San Diego mayor
Mayoral candidates David Alvarez, left and Kevin Faulconer shake hands after a contentious debate during the campaign to replace former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

SAN DIEGO -- With more than half the votes counted Tuesday night, Councilman Kevin Faulconer had a sizable lead over Councilman David Alvarez in the special election to replace former Mayor Bob Filner.

Faulconer, 47, a Republican, was leading Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, by 57% to 43% among the 166,599 ballots that were mailed in or brought to the elections' department before Tuesday's balloting.

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Assuming that the overall turnout is in the range of 40%, as many political pros expect, those 166,599 ballots would account for about 60% of the overall vote.

Alvarez supporters hope that he can still overtake Faulconer's 22,109-vote lead when all votes cast Tuesday are counted.

The two candidates are vying for the remaining 33 months of Filner's term. Filner resigned Aug. 31 amid allegations of sexually harassing women.

tony.perry@latimes.com

Twitter: @LATsandiego

tony.perry@latimes.com

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