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Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer has a big lead in San Diego’s special mayoral election with 86.9 percent of votes counted, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

Faulconer has nearly 44 percent of the vote. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Councilman David Alvarez, both Democrats, are locked in a battle for second place, with Alvarez up 25.19 percent to Fletcher’s 24.39 percent. Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre is fourth with 4.46 percent.

About 1,500 votes separate Alvarez from Fletcher.

“We are going to get our city back on track,” Faulconer told a group of supporters Tuesday night. “Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t wait to be the next mayor of the city of San Diego.”

Both Alvarez and Fletcher put on an optimistic face as they spoke to their respective crowds of supporters.

“It’s going to be a little longer ‘til we can declare victory but I am certain we will be doing that by the end of the night,” said Alvarez.

“I believe in the end we will prevail,” said Fletcher.

Ballots from Election Day will be counted throughout the night. You can follow updated vote counts throughout the evening on the registrar’s website.

Stay tuned for more from us.

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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