Democratic Rep. Scott Peters takes early lead over DeMaio & others
Democratic Rep. Scott Peters took an early lead over openly gay GOP candidate Carl DeMaio in the count of absentee ballots on Tuesday night; however, DeMaio remained on track to advance in California House race.
Peters, a former member of the San Diego City Council, took a lead over challengers in the voting in the 52nd Congressional District with 43.1 per cent of the ballots cast. DeMaio emerged at the second spot with 35.9 per cent of the votes cast.
Republican challengers Kirk Jorgensen and Dr. Fred Simon Jr. followed with 16.9 per cent and 4.1 per cent of votes, respectively.
Peters ousted former GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray in a close race two years ago and has tried to craft a bipartisan image. DeMaio, who the Washington Post recently included in a list of the top 40 U. S. leaders under 40 years old, has taken on the persona of a "new generation Republican" who is willing to fight for reforms.
La Jolla resident, 55-year-old Peters said he focused his work on things that help San Diego. In a recent interview, he said, "So part of that is supporting the innovation economy and the job creation there, part of it is clean technology and the third part is veterans."
Peters served on the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008, and became a commissioner at the Port of San Diego and then became a member of Congress in 2012. In the house, he served on the Armed Services and Science, Space, & Technology committees.
DeMaio, who calls himself a 'New Generation Republican', has been focusing hot topics like fiscal responsibility, creation of new jobs and congressional reform.
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