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San Diego mayoral victory puts Faulconer high on state GOP ladder
San Diego mayoral victory puts Faulconer high on state GOP ladder

SAN DIEGO — As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, voters here are well aware what the game plan of a Republican mayor looks like. It's the strategy used by former Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Faulconer supporter, as he struggled to pull the city out of a financial mess: Keep city spending low, maintain a tight rein on labor unions, support business interests to help create jobs. But less clear is what Faulconer's surprisingly easy victory Tuesday over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez — 55% to 45% — means for the statewide GOP, which now holds no statewide offices. "Faulconer overnight goes from minority member of the City...

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