Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray held a slim lead over Democratic Port Commissioner Scott Peters in the race for the California’s newly created 52nd District Congressional seat Tuesday night.
With 44.3 percent of precincts reporting, Bilbray led by less than 3,000 votes. He had garnered 68,235 votes (50.88 percent) to Peters’ 65,883 votes (49.12 percent), according to results released by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
The tight race means a winner won’t likely be crowned until Wednesday morning at the earliest.
It’s been one of the most hotly contested races in San Diego County with both candidates’ sharp-tongued attack ads in heavy rotation on television.
Bilbray has spent the past six years representing the state’s 50th Congressional District, and, before that, served for six years in the House as a representative of the 49th District from 1995-2001.
His ads have continually accused Peters of playing a large role in the city of San Diego’s financial crisis, which stemmed from the underfunding of its pension.
Peters was a member of San Diego City Council in 2002 when the group was part of a controversial series of decisions that led to increased retirement benefits while, at the same time, deferred payments to the pension fund.
Peters served as City Council president for the last three years of his eight-year tenure and later served as chairman of the Port Commission. He also has served on the California Coastal Commission.
Peters has accused Bilbray of being beholden to lobbyists and special interests.
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Sept. 29, 2009 -- Reporter Elizabeth Malloy covers a health care town hall forum for seniors hosted by Congressman Brian Brilbray (R-North County).
March 13, 2009 -- Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-North County) talks about the new administration, troops on the border, the economy, and more.