Chargers could be moving after San Diego voters reject stadium funding

The votes are in, and the Chargers could be on their way out of San Diego after voters soundly rejected a referendum to fund a new downtown stadium.

The Chargers' options after the vote: Pay for the stadium themselves, search for an alternative site in San Diego or move to Los Angeles. The Chargers, who still have several years left on their lease at Qualcomm Stadium, have the option to move into the new stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in Inglewood. The Chargers have until the second week of January to exercise that last option.

Chargers owner Dean Spanos released a statement following Tuesday's vote:

"In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it's just too early to give you an answer. We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste."

If the Chargers opt not to move to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders -- already seeking a stadium in Las Vegas backed by $750 million of public funds -- get the option to join hands with Kroenke.

San Diego voters rejected funding for a proposed downtown stadium.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the two ballot measures didn't come close to getting the needed 66 percent of the vote to pass.

Measure C, which included a hotel-tax increase sponsored by the Chargers, was getting support from 41 percent of voters, far short of the 66.7 percent needed for approval.

Measure D, which also had a hotel-tax increase and was placed on the ballot by environmentalists and other community leaders, was also getting support from 40 percent, similarly short of a two-thirds majority.

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