The next release of unofficial results Thursday evening showed John McCann still ahead in the city's officially nonpartisan mayoral race with 31.54% of the vote, according to the county Registrar of Voters website.
McCann, a Republican, had garnered 9,668 votes by Thursday night. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, was in second place with 21.96%, or 6,730 votes gaining ground over Jill Galvez for the number two spot.
The two receiving the most votes will advance to November's runoff election.
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This story is part of NBC 7's live coverage of the 2022 Primary Election in San Diego County. Click here for the live blog