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San Diego mayoral race heads to runoff in November

SAN DIEGO -- Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner appear headed for a runoff election for mayor of San Diego after local voters cast their ballots Tuesday and failed to give any of the four main candidates a plurality of the votes, according to unofficial results posted at 11 pm.

DeMaio, a gay Republican, and Filner, a straight Democrat, held the top two places and would likely qualify for the runoff. Nathan Fletcher, a straight Independent who left the GOP after the local branch endorsed DeMaio, was in third place. Bonnie Dumanis, a lesbian Republican, was in fourth place and her official party closed early as the returns began to trickle in.

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler yet again disappointed followers of election returns online as the county website crashed and no updates were not posted from 8 to 11 pm, when SDGLN stopped monitoring the results.

In unofficial results, DeMaio had 32%, Filner had 28%, Fletcher had 23% and Dumanis has 14%.

The runoff election will coincide with the 2012 presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

DeMaio currently sits on the San Diego City Council, while Filner is a longtime congressman from San Diego.

In other election news, openly gay City Councilmember Todd Gloria automatically was re-elected in District 3, since he was unopposed. Gloria said he would thank voters from 7 to 8:30 am Wednesday by waving a "Thank You" sign at the intersection of University and Sixth avenues in the heart of Hillcrest.

San Diego's Proposition A and B were approved by voters, according to unofficial results.

As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio. Their relationship in no way impacts the editorial decisions made by Ken Williams, SDGLN Editor in Chief, and does not influence our political coverage. Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter or at (877) 727-5446, x713.