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San Diego Mayor Nathan Fletcher.JPGAssemblyman Nathan Fletcher received oodles of media attention when he left the Republican Party and re-registered as an independent amidst his campaign for mayor of San Diego.

And it may be paying off.

A San Diego television station reported Thursday that its poll shows Fletcher jumping from third place in the race to succeed Mayor Jerry Sanders into a solid second, just two percentage points behind City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, with Democratic Rep. Bob Filner dropping into third place.

They and other candidates face a June 5 primary. If none gets more than 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will appear in a runoff election in November.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, speaks during the Assembly session on Jan. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli, File)


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