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Peters, DeMaio take early lead in District 52 congressional race

Early election results in Tuesday’s primary show San Diego’s District 52 congressional race shaping up to be as hotly contested as expected.

The second round of ballot results announced at 9:30 p.m. had incumbent Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat, leading the pack with 43.11 percent of the votes (27,383 votes), followed by lead challenger Republican Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego City Councilmember who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 2012, claiming 35.84 percent (22,765).

The other challengers, both Republicans, face a steep uphill battle to catch DeMaio as the results trickle in. Former Marine Officer Kirk Jorgensen had 16.93 percent of the vote (10,753), and surgeon Fred Simon claimed 4.12 percent (2,617).

The top two vote-getters in this primary election, widely-expected to be Peters and DeMaio, will face off in a November general election.

This congressional seat is one of the most closely-watched and has attracted millions of dollars in campaign funding.

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