Vargas elected to congress

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SAN DIEGO — Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, will become the first new member of San Diego’s congressional delegation in four years after defeating Republican Michael Crimmins in the 51st Congressional District race Tuesday.

Vargas, who will fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, had nearly two-thirds of the votes in the first release of results in the district that includes part of southern San Diego County and Imperial County. Filner vacated his seat after two decades to run for mayor of San Diego.

Vargas will be the first new face among San Diego’s five congressmen since Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-El Cajon, assumed his father’s seat in 2008.