Darrell Issa manages another victory for the 49th Congressional District over Col. Applegate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It was another victory for Darrell Issa Tuesday after election results showed he would be keeping his seat in the 49th Congressional District. 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, took a small lead over former Marine Col. Doug Applegate, a Democrat, in his re-election bid tonight, although he trailed early in the San Diego County portion of the 49th Congressional District.

According to results from the California Secretary of State’s Office, Issa had 51.8 percent, to 48.2 percent for Applegate. Around 28 percent of the votes had been recorded in the district, which includes part of southern Orange County.

First elected to Congress 16 years ago, Issa won a bare majority of votes in the June primary election after years of being re-elected by double-digit margins.

Democrats have since poured a considerable amount of money into the race, and narrowed a deficit in voter registration in the San Diego County portion of the district.

President Barack Obama commented on the race last month during a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in La Jolla, calling an Issa mailer "the definition of chutzpah.”

As the head of a House oversight committee, Issa led numerous investigations into Obama’s and Clinton’s role in the deaths of four Americans — including three with ties to San Diego — in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

His latest re-election try turned into a political slugfest, forcing Issa to spend more time campaigning in his district than in previous elections.

Applegate and other Democrats hammered Issa during the campaign for endorsing businessman Donald Trump for president, after spending most of the primary season backing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Other members of the region’s five-representative House delegation held comfortable leads. They include Republican Duncan D. Hunter, and Democrats Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas.

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