San Diego Seal

Faulconer on top, Alvarez edges out Fletcher to survive to second round
By Craig Gustafson
November 19, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer easily won a spot Tuesday in the runoff to be San Diego’s next mayor while Councilman David Alvarez appeared likely to join him as the Democratic challenger.

Faulconer led the crowded field with 43.6 percent of the vote as of 12:10 a.m. Wednesday with all precincts reporting, but the real contest was for second as a surging Alvarez pulled ahead of Qualcomm executive Nathan Fletcher, also a Democrat. Alvarez had 25.6 percent compared to Fletcher’s 24.3 percent.

Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, a Democrat, finished a distant fourth with less than 5 percent and seven lesser-known candidates each received less than 1 percent.

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