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AP: Peters wins second term after close race against DeMaio

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SAN DIEGO (AP/CNS) - Democratic incumbent Scott Peters has won a second term to represent a large swath of San Diego in Congress following a bitter campaign that had his Republican challenger on the defensive against accusations of sexual harassment.
Ballots counted Friday gave Peters 51.3 percent of the vote compared to 48.8 percent for Carl DeMaio, or a lead of nearly 4,500 votes. Although San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu estimates that between 10,000 and 15,000 ballots remain to be counted, The Associated Press has determined that is insufficient for DeMaio to overtake Peters.
Peters returns to Congress after another close election to represent a district where Republicans hold a small edge over Democrats in voter registration.

Peters trailed on election night and took the lead for the first time Thursday. An estimated 10,000 ballots remain to be counted, and Registrar Michael Vu said counting would continue Saturday and be completed on Monday.

Workers in the registrar's office were counting provisional ballots or absentees dropped off too late to be included in the original count for the race to represent parts of central and northern San Diego County.

Both candidates have representatives watching over the ballot counting.

Peters campaign manager MaryAnne Pintar said she was thrilled with the latest update, especially given how rough the election was for Democrats nationally.

"This lead reflects the support Rep. Peters received from across the political spectrum and the tremendous get out the vote effort by our field staff and hundreds of volunteers over the weekend and on Election Day," Pintar said. "We are eager for every vote to be counted, appreciate the diligence of the county registrar and remain grateful to all who've supported this campaign and volunteered to help during this extended count period."

A spokesman for the DeMaio campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The nasty campaign saw allegations of sexual misconduct, office vandalism, and a torrent of television advertising and mailers.

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges after an investigation into claims by a former DeMaio staffer that he was harassed by the former San Diego City Council member. No charges were filed in the office break-in either.

In both instances, the District Attorney's Office cited insufficient evidence.

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