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Scott Peters gets U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement for 52nd Congressional District race

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — This is an odd election year. Both presidential candidates have the highest negating ratings in history.

Some Democrats are supporting Republicans and some Republicans are planning to support a Democrat.

This is happening locally too in the 52nd Congressional District where the Chambers of Commerce, locally and nationally, who traditionally support Republicans, have endorsed the Democrat.

The 52nd is a swing district that's roughly evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and Independents in Poway, Coronado, much of the city and running up the coast.

Incumbent Scott Peters has won two terms by razor thin margins. This time, he's being challenged by small business owner, Denise Gitsham, who has raised serious campaign funds.

Peters welcomed an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest and most powerful lobbying group.

The local chamber endorsed Peters a year ago. CEO Jerry Sanders said he, Scott Peters, understands the needs of San Diego businesses and the overall economy.

"We saw this earlier this year when Scott was among the first elected to show his support for the Chargers initiative, and endorsed Measure C," Sanders said.

"It's tremendously gratifying to have the support from the local business community, and the people who employ San Diegans and the national Chamber of Commerce because I agree, we need to find ways to solve these problems," Peters said.

Gitsham cannot match the political experience or the fund raising of her opponent, but she's appealing to the anxiety over the dysfunction in Washington that's spread across the country in this election year.

"The two most important issues that American's and San Diegans, in particular, are concerned about in this election cycle are assuaging this anxiety that's felt amongst many, many people in America," she said.

Her other important issue is the economy, which is a big part of that anxiety.

"We need to improve our economy so we have jobs that people can go to, and we also need to strengthen our national security," Gitsham said. "Everyone I talk to about my positions, lower taxes, and remove burdensome regulations that don't make any business sense has sided with me and endorsed me."

While the current Republican Chamber CEO supports the Democrat, two Former Chamber CEO's, Jesse Knight and Ruben Baralles, support the Republican.

"This is a change election. I think people are looking to fix congress, sending new people into congress to try to get things done, and that's what Denise represents," Baralles said.

Gitsham also has the backing of the National Federation of Independent businesses, the nation's leading representative of small business owners.

The federation's favorable rating for incumbent Scott Peters is 30 percent.

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