The race to determine who will represent San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District has not yet been officially determined, but with 260,000 mail in/absentee ballots from all around San Diego County left to be counted, Democratic challenger Scott Peters’ lead over Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray has grown.
With the latest vote tally showing 118,476 votes for Peters to Bilbray’s 116,577, Peters’ lead extended to 1,899 votes since the last official update from the Registrar of Voters on Friday.
No word yet on when a winner will be declared.
The latest count comes on the heels of Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack’s concession last Friday in the CA 36th District race. Bono-Mack served seven terms in the Palm Springs area district, having succeeded her late husband Sunny Bono, who died in a skiing accident. She lost her latest reelection bid to Democrat Raul Ruiz, who will take the oath of office in January.
Bono-Mack is married to outgoing Florida Congressman Connie Mack, who lost his bid for the Florida Senate seat to Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Her loss is perhaps a reflection of her own tone deafness and that of the GOP as a whole to immigration issues and toward Latinos in general. The Latino community in her Inland Empire district have long complained about her lack of concern for issues important to the community there. Ruiz was the first Latino challenger to her seat that she had faced.
In Sacramento’s 7th Congressional District Race, Democrat Ami Bera held a 1,779 vote lead over incumbent Republican Dan Lungren. Lungren is currently the Chairman of the House Administration Committee, which would oversee any disputes should it become a contested election.