Voters resoundingly supported Sara Jacobs’ bid to take over the Congressional seat held by Rep. Susan Davis, who represented the 53rd District for nearly two decades before announcing in 2019 that she would not seek re-election. Challenger Georgette Gómez has conceded the race.
With 64.4% of ballots counted, Jacobs, a Democrat, held 59.5% of votes over Gómez, also a Democrat, who had 49.5%.
“Thank you, #CA53! I am humbled by your faith in me, and honored to be your Congresswoman-elect,” said Jacobs in a tweet to supporters. “This Election Day, I can’t help but reflect on the strength San Diegans have shown over the past year in the face of unprecedented challenges.”
Gómez, who has served on the city council since 2016 and as council president since 2018, called Jacobs to concede.
“As votes here in San Diego continue being counted, the results of the election do not seem to be what we all hoped for,” Gómez said Tuesday night. “I have called Sara Jacobs to congratulate her and I stand ready to work with her to advance just policies that will benefit working families and ensure that our recovery from this pandemic leaves no one behind.
“And while we did not win this one, I will never give up the fight for equality and justice and a sustainable planet. Tonight’s results do not define my commitment to building a more just society, I will continue to do the work along with you all,” Gómez said.
Jacobs, the granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, is the founder and chair of San Diego for Every Child, a nonprofit focused on ending child poverty, served as a Obama administration policy advisor, and has focused on family issues and the role of America in the world after Trump. She counts the San Diego Union-Tribune and a number of influential Democrats in Congress among her endorsements.
Gomez is an environmental advocate who earned respect as chair of the Metropolitan Transit System board. She was endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Long a Democratic stronghold, the 53rd District stretches from Linda Vista to the South Bay, and also covers portions of Eastern San Diego County, such as El Cajon and La Mesa.
Updated at 4:46 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
— Staff report