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Juan Vargas talks with NBC 7s Diana Guevara on Election Night as early results show him with a commanding lead in the 51st Congressional District race.
With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Juan Vargas has 66 percent of the vote for the 51st Congressional District, while his opponent Republican Michael Crimmins has 34 percent.
The 51st district includes the entire border with Mexico and Imperial Valley. The seat is open, since incumbent Congressman Bob Filner is stepping down to run for mayor of San Diego.
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Crimmins has said he is running because he wants to make a difference by encouraging economic growth and strengthening national security.
He is a retired military officer and a San Diego teacher with two master degrees in education. Crimmins is a resident of Point Loma. But if elected, he says, he would move to Imperial Beach.
Vargas, a native of National City, has pledged to work to preserve Medicare and Social Security benefits.
Vargas is a Senator in the State of California, 40th District and a former member of the California State Assembly.
He spent some of his campaign funds for the June 2012 primary on mailers to promote Republican Michael Crimmins, who finished second and edged out former Democratic state lawmaker Denise Ducheny for the right to face Vargas in the November 2012 election.
Both Crimmins and Vargas have said they look forward to a spirited race.