San Diego mayoral candidates David Alvarez, Kevin Faulconer keep campaigns in high gear

Last weekend before election on Tuesday

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With just days left in San Diego's mayoral race, Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer were keeping their campaigns in high gear Sunday amid poll results showing a mere one percentage point difference between the two.

Faulconer has led by a small margin in most of the polling, including in the 10News/U-T San Diego poll released Sunday that showed the Republican councilman with the support of 47 percent of likely voters polled, compared to 46 percent for Alvarez, a Democrat, and 7 percent undecided.

A similar poll conducted by SurveyUSA on the behalf of 10News and U-T San Diego two weeks ago put Faulconer ahead with 49 percent compared to Alvarez's 44 percent.

Political observers expect a close election, with the results determined by Tuesday's turnout.

Both candidates were scheduled to attend events Sunday in search of votes.

Alvarez planned to go to church in Logan Heights, and later attend the Victory Fund Champagne Brunch, which supports gay and lesbian issues and the election of LGBT candidates. His schedule also included an afternoon walk through Logan Heights.

Faulconer planned an early-afternoon visit to The Rock Church in Point Loma followed by a "meet and greet" walk through Hillcrest.

Alvarez's campaign received a boost this weekend with an endorsement from President Barack Obama.

"In my years of public service, I have championed many of the same priorities that the President addressed at the State of the Union. I look forward to working with him to achieve our shared agenda and priorities," Alvarez said. "Together, we can make San Diego a city that expands opportunity for all."

Faulconer responded in a statement touting his various local endorsements.

"I'm proud to have the support of local San Diegans, including Father Joe Carroll, seven San Diego County mayors, hard working San Diego police officers, African American pastors, LGBT leaders, and respected former Mayor Jerry Sanders who knows I have the experience and independence to lead our city and continue the reforms to improve our neighborhoods," Faulconer said. "While my opponent continues to benefit from millions of dollars from out-of-town government unions, I'm proud to be running a campaign for San Diego, supported by San Diegans."

The winner of Tuesday's election will replace Bob Filner, who stepped down Aug. 30 after less than a year in office, and finish the nearly three years left of his term. City Council President Todd Gloria has served as interim mayor for the past five-plus months.

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