Rep. Scott Peters on Monday thanked his family and supporters — and opponent Carl DeMaio as well — after the latest count of absentee and provisional ballots confirmed his re-election victory in the bitter race to represent the 52nd District.
“I am honored the constituents of California’s 52nd Congressional District chose to send me back for another two years,” Peters said in a statement. “I thank my wife Lynn and my family for their steadfast support; my exceptional campaign team for their integrity, expertise, hard work, discipline and good humor; and the hundreds of volunteers who worked nonstop to remind voters in every corner of the district about the importance of this election.
“I also thank Carl DeMaio for his commitment to public service and government reform; while we disagreed on many issues, I congratulate him on running a tenacious, aggressive and tough campaign.”
DeMaio conceded the election on Saturday, and thanked his supporters Monday morning. The latest figures from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, following counting on Monday, show Peters with 51.4 percent of the vote to DeMaio’s 48.6 percent with almost all remaining ballots counted.
Peters said he is committed to breaking the gridlock in Washington to “get things done for my district and the nation” and promised “practical, centrist solutions” to problems.
“The voters want real leadership on issues like protecting a woman’s right to choose, addressing climate change, providing fair wages and safe working conditions, and giving students the opportunity to afford a college education,” he said, enumerating many Democratic Party principles. “But they also want a strong commitment to national defense and a willingness to work with the business community in a partnership for job creation and economic expansion.”
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