The results are in for our latest readers’ poll on the candidates for San Diego’s next mayor. With Lori Saldana on top with a third of the votes, Democrats did indeed sweep the field – not a surprise due to our generally liberal and independent readers.
Bruce Coons came in with a quarter of those responding (24%), and Mike Aguirre (14%) and David Alvarez (13%) fighting for third place.
The lone Republican in the race, Kevin Falconer, placed fifth along with Democrat Nathan Fletcher, both with 7%. Marti Emerald brought up the pack with 3%, “minor candidate” choice received 1%, and the last option, “cannot or will not vote” also got 1% of those polled.
The poll was up for about a week, and exactly 200 readers voted during that time. Even though once someone votes, they are prevented from voting again, there is no control of who votes. During the course of the poll, supporters of particular candidates would “swarm” the poll, with the resultant spike in votes for that choice.
Bruce Coons, for instance, head of SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization) jumped ahead at the beginning of the polling and led it for much of the week, until supporters of the other candidates made their choices. Lori Saldana then jumped ahead, ultimately coming in first with her third.
Some surprises, despite the liberal bent of OB Rag readers, and despite the fact that certain candidates have web savvy supporters:
- Support for Mike Aguirre; he received one out of 7 votes, not bad for a former City Attorney. (He’s interviewed in today’s (9/13/13) U-T.)
- The little support for Nathan Fletcher from our readers; only 7% voted for the former independent, former Republican. Maybe that’s why – shows the disenchantment of the San Diego’s left – and perhaps San Diego’s GOP.
- City Councilman Kevin Fletcher only received 7%; this is a little surprising because he has represented OB and the Peninsula for years, and there are conservatives and Republicans who read the OB Rag, and leave comments, and take part in polls.
Here is the complete listing for the poll:
Question: Now that the list of potential candidates for San Diego’s mayor has been thinned out, who would you vote for if the Mayoral election was held today?
Candidate — Votes — Percentage
Lori Saldana — 64 — 32%
Bruce Coons —47 — 24%
Mike Aguirre –27 — 14%
David Alvarez – 25 — 13%
Kevin Faulconer – 14 — 7%
Nathan Fletcher - 14 — 7%
Marti Emerald – 5 — 3%
Minor candidate – 2 — 1%
Cannot or will not vote. – 2– 1%
TOTAL VOTES : 200