Scandal-weary San Diego to elect a mayor as GOP gets another chance after Filner debacle

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bob Filner's resignation as San Diego mayor amid sexual harassment allegations has given Republicans a chance to recapture an office they long held.

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer is the lone high-profile Republican in Tuesday's election to replace Filner, the city's first Democratic leader in 20 years. If no one wins a majority — a likely scenario with 11 names on the ballot — the top two finishers advance to a runoff.

Filner resigned after nearly 20 women publicly identified themselves as targets of unwanted advances, including kissing, groping and requests for dates. He pleaded guilty last month to a felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery for his behavior toward women.

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APPHOTO CAGB110: San Diego city councilman and Republican candidate for mayor, Kevin Faulconer smiles as he makes phone calls to voters during mayoral elections Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in San Diego. San Diegans headed to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor, after Bob Filner's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment has left the city with an interim mayor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (19 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CAGB108: Horacio Pacheco casts his ballot at a Barrio Logan polling place during mayoral elections Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in San Diego. San Diegans headed to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor, after Bob Filner's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment has left the city with an interim mayor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (19 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CAGB105: David Alvarez, right, a San Diego city councilman and Democratic candidate for mayor, adjusts his tie as he meets with supporters Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in San Diego. San Diegans head to the polls today to choose a new mayor, after Bob Filner's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment has left the city with an interim mayor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (19 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CAGB102: Nathan Fletcher, a Democratic candidate for mayor of San Diego, kisses his wife Mindy after they cast their votes for mayor Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in San Diego. San Diegans headed to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor, after Bob Filner's resignation last month amid allegations of sexual harassment has left the city with an interim mayor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (19 Nov 2013)

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