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Count resumes Thursday in Peters-Bilbray race

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Staffers at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office are scheduled to resume counting some 475,000 provisional and mail-in general election ballots Thursday, according to Registrar Deborah Seiler.

The large amount of ballots is a looming issue since several major races from Tuesday's election remain too close to call.

Port Commissioner Scott Peters leads Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, by 685 votes in his attempt to wrestle away the 52nd Congressional District seat; and Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts holds a 1,896-vote edge over Bilbray's chief of staff, Steve Danon, in their race to succeed retiring county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price.

Several other election races are also still undecided.

- Mike Hansen leads Sharon Jenkins by 35 votes for the second of two spots on the San Marcos City Council

- Amanda Young Rigby leads Cliff Kaiser by 51 votes for the second of two seats on the Vista City Council

- Nancy Ann Hensch leads Rose Marie Dishman by 421 votes for the third of three seats on the Palomar College governing board.

Seiler told City News Service that counting could take a few weeks. Updated vote totals will be posted online at by 5 p.m. each work day, she said.

It could be late next week before the large number of uncounted ballots is whittled well down, she said.

This is the latest information. The previous story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The vote count will resume Thursday in the close race between Democratic Port Commissioner Scott Peters and Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, who narrowly trails in his bid to go back to Washington, D.C. for another term.

Peters leads by 685 votes, but the Registrar of Voters office still has to count about 475,000 absentee and provisional ballots, many of which came from the 52nd Congressional District.

"This race is far from over," Patrick Howell, a campaign spokesman for Bilbray, told City News Service. He said Bilbray, a top Democratic target for years, is spending time at home with family.

Howell called the race one of the closest in California history.

Peters told a local news station he was confident in the outcome.

"I know there's a process, but I'm starting to focus on getting ready to help represent California in the 52nd District in Washington, D.C., Peters said.

If his margin holds, Peters would be the second new member in San Diego's five-person congressional delegation.

Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, swamped Republican Michael Crimmins with nearly 71 percent of the vote in the 51st District, which includes part of southern San Diego County and Imperial County. Vargas will succeed Rep. Bob Filner, who vacated his seat for his apparently successful run for mayor of San Diego.

Three incumbents -- Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-El Cajon, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego -- were all re-elected by wide margins.

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