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Republican wins San Diego mayor’s race

San Diego mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer on election night Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in San Diego.

Lenny Ignelzi/AP

San Diego mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer on election night Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — A Republican city councilor has been elected mayor of San Diego in a special election to complete the term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.

San Diego becomes the nation’s largest city with a Republican mayor, and Kevin Faulconer will be the only Republican to lead a major city in California, where Democrats hold all statewide offices. With all precincts reporting, the two-term councilor and former public relations executive led City Councilor David Alvarez, a Democrat, by 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent.

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Faulconer, 47, said Wednesday that he saw his margin of victory as a mandate to continue voter-approved fiscal measures like cutting pensions for city workers and putting city services up for private bidding.

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