Rep. Bilbray concedes race to Democratic challenger Scott Peters
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) has conceded the race for the newly drawn 52nd Congressional District to his Democratic challenger Scott Peters, a former San Diego City Council member.
Peters leads Bilbray by 50.72% to 49.28%. The county registrar of voters is still counting votes but both sides have concluded that the result is no longer in doubt.
In a statement released by his office Friday morning, Bilbray said that he "will continue fighting for the issues I believe in and that benefit San Diego."
He added, "I look forward to finally having the opportunity to spend time with my family and seven grandkids."
Bilbray, 61, served in Congress from 1994 to 2000 before being defeated. He was elected in 2006 in a different district where the GOP had a 10-point edge in registration.
The new 52nd District has 32% Democrats, 35% Republicans and 27% independents. Only 40% of Bilbray's 50th District was included in the 52nd, which covers San Diego, Poway and Coronado.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Rep. Brian Bilbray during campaign with Scott Peters. Credit: Nelvin Cepeda / UT San Diego