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New Mayoral Race Poll Shows DeMaio In Lead, Filner Second

The leader in a new poll on the San Diego mayor's race said today he is encouraged that San Diegans continue to support his fiscal reform agenda.

Councilman Carl DeMaio garnered the support of 25 percent of those questioned in a poll released Monday night by 10News. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, was second with 24 percent.

The polling firm SurveyUSA canvassed 800 adult San Diegans between Monday and Friday last week.

"My true opponents are not the other candidates, but rather the government labor unions and downtown special interests who benefit from the current dysfunction of city government,'' DeMaio told City News Service. "I'm relying on grassroots support from hard working taxpayers to help me clean up City Hall"

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis got a 14 percent support ranking and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, got 13 percent in the poll.

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary will face each other in a run-off in November.

The poll is the second to be released since the race started. The first, in September, showed DeMaio and Filner tied with 25 percent support, Dumanis at 16 percent and Fletcher at 10 percent.

The 3 percent gain by Fletcher, unmatched by the other candidates, shows that his message of looking to the future is gaining traction with voters, said Amy Thoma, the communications chief of his campaign.

"Nathan was the only candidate whose support rose compared to the last SurveyUSA poll conducted in September," Thoma said.

"Bob Filner and Bonnie Dumanis both saw their support drop and Carl DeMaio remains stagnant."

Nearly one-quarter of the San Diego electorate was undecided or supportive of other candidates.

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