Bilbray Advances; Peters, Saldana Head-To-Head

Scott Peters Has 22 Percent, Lori Saldana Has 21 Percent In 52nd Congressional District Race With 93% Precincts Reporting

In the 52nd District, which covers a lot of new ground in the North County after redistricting, Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will be heading to a runoff election, but it was still unclear if he would square off with port Commissioner Scott Peters or ex-Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego.

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Bilbray said it was exciting to see how close the race was for his challengers.

"There was a lot of people who wanted us to spend more money but, frankly, we're looking at the November race," Bilbray told a local television station.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Peters had 22 percent and Saldana had 21 percent.

The district was shifted from being oriented along the North County coastline toward inland areas as far east as Poway. District boundaries are adjusted every 10 years, according to fresh U.S. census data.

In the 51st Congressional District, Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, was the top vote-getter, and Crimmins placed second. Under California's new "top-two" primary system, the pair of candidates with the most votes will square off in the general election in the House races.

That second spot had been expected to go to former Sen. Denise Moreno-Ducheny, D-San Diego, who instead finished third.

Four other candidates split the rest of the vote in a district that has sent Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, to the nation's capital for two decades -- often by wide margins. Filner gave up his seat to run for mayor of San Diego.

In other local congressional races: -- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, will battle for re-election in November against Democrat Jerry Tetalman in the 49th District; -- Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-El Cajon, was the top vote-getter in the 50th District and will go to a runoff against Democrat David Secor; -- Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and Republican Nick Popaditch were the only two running in the 53rd District, so both will make it to the runoff.

Among state legislative races, perhaps the most contested is for the 76th Assembly seat in the North County. Oceanside Councilman Rocky Chavez was leading the vote, but legislative staffer Sherry Hodges and Carlsbad Councilwoman Farrah Douglas were battling for the second spot in the runoff election. All three candidates are from the GOP.

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