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The count goes on in San Diego mayor's race

AP reports: A judge on Monday refused to halt the vote count in the San Diego mayor's race, a victory for a maverick city councilwoman who has mounted a surprisingly strong write-in campaign.

The decision came as the vote tally showed the race tightening between Councilwoman Donna Frye, a 52-year-old surf shop owner, and Mayor Dick Murphy.

Monday's ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by Frye's opponents on the grounds that the election must be a runoff between the top two finishers in the primary in this case, Murphy and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. The challenge was brought six days after the election.

Retired Judge Charles Jones stopped short of dismissing the lawsuit, but said that Frye's opponents had waited too long to challenge her campaign. When Frye entered the race five weeks before the Nov. 2 election, there were "no protests, no cries of illegality, no lawsuits." -- SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Politics -- Judge refuses to halt vote count in San Diego mayor's race