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Bob Filner beats Carl DeMaio to become next San Diego mayor

November 7, 2012 |  6:51 am

Bob Filner June 2012
Rep. Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat, beat San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a conservative Republican, in the race to succeed termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders, according to unofficial results released early Wednesday by the county registrar of voters.

With all precincts counted, Filner held a 51.53% to 48.47% lead over DeMaio, a lead of nearly 10,000 votes. There were 475,000 provisional ballots in San Diego County that remained to be counted, but it was unclear how many of those were in the city of San Diego.

The campaign between Filner, 70, a 10-term member of Congress, and DeMaio, 38, a one-term City Council member, was bitter and expensive. The two represented polar opposites on many key issues facing the state's second largest city, including pension reform, potential outsourcing of city jobs, and expansion of the waterfront convention center.


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Photo: Bob Filner campaigning for San Diego mayor in June. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press.