SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans will go to the polls today to choose a successor to disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, with the focus on a battle for the second spot on an expected runoff ballot.
With polls showing Councilman Kevin Faulconer enjoying a healthy lead, his colleague David Alvarez and ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher are left to fight it out for the other position.
The most recent poll, released Sunday by SurveyUSA, shows Faulconer with 40 percent support. Other recent surveys have him around there, as well.
However, the total is below the over 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. If a second vote becomes necessary, it will take place early next year.
The Sunday poll -- conducted on behalf of 10News and U-T San Diego -- gives Fletcher 24 percent and Alvarez 22 percent, a statistical dead heat. Other polls have shown Alvarez with a slight advantage over Fletcher.
More than 570 polling places will open around the city of San Diego at 7 a.m. and will accept voters until 8 p.m. Polling place locations can be found on the back of pamphlets sent to registered voters or at the county Registrar of Voters website at
Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said 357,000 mail ballots were sent out last month.
Nearly 37 percent of the electorate has already voted, either by returning absentee ballots or going to the registrar's office, inewssource.org reported Monday.
The first batch of results, from those ballots already cast, are expected shortly after the polls close.