Peters declares primary win in Congressional race
By Steve Dreyer
Scott Peters says he has won the second spot in the June 5 primary election in the new 52nd Congressional District.
A Tuesday afternoon press release from his campaign notes that Peters has a 737-vote lead over fellow Democrat Lori Saldaña, with only 13,500 absentee ballots left to be counted countywide. The margin has remained about the same throughout the vote-counting process.
Peters, a San Diego Port Authority commissioner and former two-term member of the San Diego City Council, said his campaign is now preparing for a November general election battle with Rep. Brian Bilbray, a Republican.
“It’s no secret that Congress is broken,” Peters said. “But San Diegans have an unprecedented opportunity to help fix it by sending new representation to Washington.”
District lines were redrawn following the 2012 Census. Poway is now part of the district, which also includes Rancho Bernardo. The district stretches to the southwest to include coastal communities down to Coronado.
The 52nd District has been targeting for support by the national Democratic Party.
As of mid-May, Peters had collected $1.7 million and spent $1.5 million, according to the website aroundthecapitol.com. Bilbray had collected $1.3 million and spent $521,000.
“I am extremely proud of the campaign we ran, of my team, and of the army of volunteers who gave us their time and energy,” said Peters. “In the end, we knew this race would be decided by turnout, and our volunteers worked tirelessly walking, knocking and calling to turn out our voters. As we saw, every vote mattered. I’m very, very grateful.”
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