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Peters, DeMaio making final push for votes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – One of the tightest contests in next week's midterm elections is here in San Diego. Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio are in a battle for the 52nd District Congressional seat. They're both making a final push for votes Wednesday.

It's been a costly, nasty battle in the race for the 52nd Congressional District seat. Neither Peters nor DeMaio have held back in the number of negative ads towards each other. One week away from the November election, both are making a final push to get voters to vote for them.

DeMaio's hard-charging style, combined with his anti-Washington pledge to "fix Congress first," has turned the race into one of the tightest and costliest in the country, with spending by the campaigns and independent committees expected to top $10 million.

Nonpartisan analysts rate the 52nd as one of the few toss-up congressional races in the country.

If elected, DeMaio would be a rarity in Washington: an openly gay Republican member of Congress. Meanwhile, Peters, an environmental lawyer and former City Council member, portrays DeMaio as a follower of the Tea Party.

Wednesday morning, Peters called on fellow former San Diego City Council member Donna Frye to help make his point against his opponent. Frye talked about what it was like to work with DeMaio.

"Working with him became an effort in futility and frustration. He often belittled people who did not agree with him, and regularly left the council meetings when the public was speaking," Frye said.

Frye said that she and DeMaio did not have a good working relationship, and she doesn't want voters to get confused.

"Mr. DeMaio, please stop using my name to promote your campaign," she said. "It was the idea that Mr. DeMaio thought it was okay to use my name, particularly after allegations of sexual harassment." 

The allegations made by a former DeMaio campaign worker were dropped by the DA's office due to insufficient evidence, but Frye says she believes there are more victims.

"Based on the many, many women whom I've spoken with and based on others I have spoken with recently, where there's smoke, there's fire," she said.

At DeMaio's campaign headquarters Wednesday, reporters tried to get DeMaio to respond to Frye's allegations, but his focus was on economic reform.

"While Scott Peters calls a press conference, I'm standing here with small business owners who are struggling, who want to see jobs created in San Diego again," DeMaio said. "This display is nothing more than a desperate politician who's about to lose his job."

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