Peters increases lead in congressional race

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SAN DIEGO –  A slim lead held by Port of San Diego Commissioner Scott Peters over incumbent Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, rose significantly Saturday in the latest count of votes from Tuesday’s election released by the Registrar of Voters office.

Peters held an 814-vote margin over the incumbent congressman at the end of the day Thursday.

By the time counting of about 50,000 mail-in and provisional ballots ended Saturday, the difference was 1,334 votes out of more than 220,000 cast.

“We feel very comfortable with where we are,” said Peters.

“Next week I am going to Washington for orientation so I’m moving forward.  I expect to be representing the 52nd District of Congress and I’m looking forward to it.”

Representative Bilbray has yet to make a public comment on the results saying he will refrain from doing so until more votes are counted.

County staffers still have to count around 325,000 more ballots.

Settling most of the close races might not happen until later next week, according to Registrar Deborah Seiler.

Bilbray has fended off several attempts by Democrats to snatch away his congressional seat over the years.

However, he was forced by redistricting into some unfamiliar inland regions for his re-election bid this year.

Meanwhile, Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts maintained his lead in the county supervisor’s race over Bilbray’s chief of staff, Steve Danon.

Roberts, the deputy mayor, leads by 2,220 votes out of around 145,000 cast.

That reflects a net gain of more than 300 votes.

The winner will replace the retiring Pam Slater-Price to become the first new supervisor since 1995.

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