Peters moves ahead of DeMaio in Dist. 52 congressional race

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Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio

Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio

UPDATE: Peters gains greater lead over DeMaio in Dist. 52 congressional race

SAN DIEGO – Congressman Scott Peters, D-San Diego, moved ahead of Republican candidate Carl DeMaio in the 52nd Congressional District race as the latest tally of votes were released Thursday.

The San Diego County of Registrar of Voters revealed the new numbers showing Peters with 78,837 votes, compared to 77,976 for DeMaio — a difference of 861 votes.

The race captured national attention due to allegations of sexual misconduct, an office break-in, heavy outside financial contributions and a flood of mudslinging advertising. DeMaio and Peters are both former members of the San Diego City Council.

DeMaio had to ward off allegations of sexual misconduct by two former staffers — the second of whom went public only a few days ago. His campaign office was also vandalized earlier this year.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis declined to file charges regarding the first instance of alleged sexual harassment or the vandalism, citing insufficient evidence in each case.

DeMaio told supporters that San Diegans, like other Americans, are “sick of the division and dysfunction in Washington.”

Regarding the accusations of recent months, he said voters want “less fighting and more fixing,” and “they don’t want smears, they want solutions.”

Peters first claimed the 52nd Congressional District seat two years ago, unseating Republican Brian Bilbray in an election that took several days of counting to decide.

In comments to Democratic supporters, he acknowledged national election losses for his party.

“We’re going to continue to lead from California and work to do those things that we think are important — job creation, standing up for women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions, making sure you can marry who you love and not get fired for who you are, and stand up for our veterans who stood up for us,” Peters said.

In other local congressional races, Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and Susan Davis, D-San Diego, all retained their seats.

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