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February 11, 2016

Race Ratings Change: GOP Chances Improve in California’s 52nd

DeMaio is running for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

DeMaio is running for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There aren’t many congressional races where a challenger is running ahead of an incumbent in the polls more than a year and a half before Election Day, but that’s the situation in California’s 52nd District.

Two polls (one GOP survey in the spring and a media survey in June) show former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, running ahead of Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

DeMaio narrowly lost last year’s race to become mayor of San Diego and enjoys much higher name identification than the average new congressional challenger. Peters has been in office for less than a year and is not yet a household name.

DeMaio seriously considered switching tracks in order to run in the special election for San Diego mayor. But he reaffirmed his intent to run for Congress, and GOP strategists couldn’t be happier. DeMaio announced he raised $325,000 in the third quarter and had $700,000 on hand at the end of September. Peters had $526,000 in the bank at the end of June.

This looks like one of Republicans’ top takeover opportunities. California’s 52nd District is now rated Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic, bumped down from Lean Democratic, by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • westparkguy

    Try running that poll now and see what the results are. It would be interesting to see how the shutdown is help/hurting his chances.

  • pmorton

    My first reaction was “there is no California 57th”. Fix the headline.

    • pmorton

      Thank you.

  • John Rivas

    Individualism does not imply isolated individuals or opposition to our social nature, but rather recognition that our most positive contribution to our fellows is that of making the most of ourselves.

  • maverick

    If this were TX. or the deep south I*d not pay much attention to this-but CA?I haven*t read one pro Republican “news” story from the main stream media since the so called shut down started.The lack professionalism and impartiality from the obama news media is breath taking.

    • View From The Left

      more inane whining about the media from a know-nothing GOPiggy. Shut up and put forth a plan for America and it might win you some elections, until then you’re just like a baby sitting in their own wet diaper whining and crying not knowing what else to do. You’re pathetic! Get a life and grow up!

      • maverick

        I will not shut up.I love America too much for that.If you dont like it dont read what I write.I*m not a registered Republican but I normally vote for them.They seem to win a lot of elections -such as controlling the House in Congress and about thirty Governors around the U.S.

  • teapartyidiots

    DeMaio is barely a Republican.

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