SAN DIEGO - With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, grabbed the lead early Wednesday in his race with Councilman Carl DeMaio for the job of San Diego mayor.
Filner led by 51 percent with 165,687 votes and DeMaio was at 48 percent with 155,871 votes, according to unofficial results released as of 2:24 a.m. However, no winner has been declared yet. There are approximately 475,000 absentee and provisional ballots in San Diego county that still need to be counted.
10News learned that the next update on provisional and absentee ballot results will take place by 5 p.m. Thursday.
Filner spoke to supporters Tuesday night and said the outcome wouldn't be known until sometime Wednesday.
DeMaio based his campaign on continuing economic changes started under termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders, who gave the councilman his backing. Filner said he would oversee a change of political power from what he called "downtown special interests" to the neighborhoods.
"People in this city have realized that I am on their side and this city has got to change," Filner said in his remarks to fellow Democrats. "This city has changed demographically, it has changed business-wise, it has changed -- the kind of people and the way they look at the world."
The city's political structure has not kept up, the congressman said.
When DeMaio spoke to his supporters, he also recognized that the final results wouldn't be known for hours.
"What a night -- what a year -- and it's still not over yet," DeMaio said Tuesday night.
The councilman and congressman emerged from a field of four major candidates in the June 5 primary, with both collecting nearly one-third of the vote. They ousted District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who left the Republican Party to become an independent in a highly publicized move.
Filner hopes to become the first Democrat elected mayor of San Diego since Maureen O'Connor in 1988. DeMaio, if elected, would be the first openly gay Republican mayor of a large U.S. city.
The winner, who will be San Diego's 35th mayor, is scheduled to be inaugurated on Dec. 3 at Golden Hall.