Saldana Concedes to Peters in 52nd District

The two Democrats fought closely through the June 5 primary election

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 8:15 AM PDT
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Despite murmurings of a possible recount for former 52nd Congressional District candidate Lori Saldana, San Diego's Democratic Party announced Saldana will concede to fellow Democrat Scott Peters.

Leading up to last week's primary election, no one could be sure which Democrat would come out on top. Even as the ballots were counted on June 5, the race was extremely close.

Now, with all precincts reporting, the two are separated by just over 700 votes, with Peters taking 22.62 percent of the votes and Saldana winning 22.12 percent of the votes.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray received 41.07 percent of the vote, so he'll face Peters in November.

Saldana conceded to Peters Wednesday night.

"This was a close and hard-fought primary race that energized volunteers and donors for both Lori Saldaña and Scott Peters," said San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee. "Our Democratic candidates set the stage for November by winning more votes combined than Brian Bilbray."

California law requires there to be evidence of prove fraud or irregularities in the voting system for a recount. But any citizen can request a recount. With Saldana's concession, it is unlikely this will happen.

"I commend Lori Saldaña on running a tremendous grassroots campaign," Durfee said. "And I congratulate Scott Peters for securing his place as the Democratic standard-bearer in the runoff."

For more on this election and other issues to be voted on in November, check out our Decision 2012 feature page.

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