Presidential candidates: Green Party's Jill Stein, Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson
Presidential candidates: Green Party’s Jill Stein, GOP’s Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson

Should San Diegans approve a 6 percent hotel-room tax to pay for a downtown football stadium and Convention Center project? Should the county’s five congressional incumbents be returned to Washington?

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