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DeMaio-Peters race still too close to call

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - It will be at least another day -- maybe longer -- before we know the winner of the race for the 52nd Congressional District.

The final unofficial tally from Tuesday's election showed challenger Carl DeMaio with 72,431 votes, compared to 71,679 for incumbent Scott Peters -- a difference of 752 votes. According to officials, there are about 36,000 mail-in ballots and 10,000 provisional ballots still to be counted.

"I'm very pleased with where we are this morning," DeMaio said earlier Wednesday. "I have been in contact with officials in Washington, D.C. My team and I are preparing to participate in freshman orientation next week, and we will also have monitors at the... Registrar of Voters Office to ensure that all votes are properly counted."

At Peters' headquarters Wednesday, there were just a couple of supporters cleaning up. They declined our request to shoot video inside the office, and we made multiple attempts to contact Peters' campaign spokesman, but he hasn't got back to us.

The race captured national attention thanks to allegations of sexual misconduct, an office break-in, heavy outside financial contributions and a flood of mudslinging advertising. DeMaio and Peters are both former members of the San Diego City Council.

DeMaio has had to ward off allegations of sexual misconduct by two former staffers -- the second of whom went public only a few days ago. His campaign office was also vandalized earlier this year.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis declined to file charges regarding the first instance of alleged sexual harassment or the vandalism. She cited insufficient evidence in each case.

DeMaio told supporters that, like other Americans, San Diegans are "sick of the division and dysfunction in Washington."

Regarding the accusations of recent months, he said voters want "less fighting and more fixing," and "they don't want smears, they want solutions."

Peters first claimed the 52nd Congressional District two years ago, unseating Republican Brian Bilbray in an election that took several days of counting to decide.

In comments to Democratic supporters, he acknowledged national election losses for his party.

"We're going to continue to lead from California and work to do those things that we think are important -- job creation, standing up for women's rights to make their own healthcare decisions, making sure you can marry who you love and not get fired for who you are, and stand up for our veterans who stood up for us," Peters said.

In other congressional races, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, were all returned to the nation's capital.

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