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    San Diego Special Election

    A special election for the city of San Diego will take place on February 11, 2014. Check out related stories, videos and links on CBS 8's resource page. 
    A special election for the city of San Diego will take place on February 11, 2014. Check out related stories, videos and links on CBS 8's resource page. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - All day Tuesday, San Diegans have been hitting the polls to vote for a new mayor.

Across the city, there are 572 polling locations. We spent the day at one of those polling places in Hillcrest.

Leo Laurence, a precinct inspector with 34 years experience, is seeing a surprisingly strong special election turnout.

"I thought there would just be a trickle of people. We have had a steady stream of people coming in and voting today," Laurence said.

Ed Williams is a Democrat who followed the campaign closely, yet remained undecided until the last second.

"It was almost a toss-up on which little box I was going to complete at a particular point," Williams said.

Although the spirit of the special election has been fairly positive, voters say they can sense the tension of what's been a fast-moving three-month race.

"I watched all of the debates, and they were interesting. They were sort of like, we can take this outside," voter Craig Nichols said.

Nichols, a Democrat, had hard time choosing between David Alvarez and Nathan Fletcher.

"I gave it a lot of thought. I like Alvarez but I thought it might have been like a Nader vote, it'd probably be a throwaway vote. So I went with somebody who might have a chance at winning," he said.

Most voters feel Kevin Falconer, the lone Republican, will win the vote count Tuesday, but not by a majority, forcing a February run-off against a Democrat.

"Voters need to know if you have a mail ballot, don't mail it today. Take it into any precinct," Laurence said.

The county registrar predicts a 44 percent turnout, but Laurence says if this foot traffic continues, that number could grow.

"This is great. I didn't expect -- and I've been doing this 34 years -- I didn't expect this much interest in a special election," he said.

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