Race for San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two years ago, the Republican party saw San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District as vulnerable and poured money into Carl DeMaio’s campaign against Scott Peters.

Peters won re-election.

This year, the party has again targeted the 52nd District, but this time, the party has higher priorities.

Part of this strategy is concern that the "Never Donald Trump" movement may cause problems for Republican candidates down the ballot for House and Senate seats.

It’s a three part strategy. First is to protect Republican incumbents. Then focus on open seats and third, go after Democrat seats which means less intensity on the 52nd District than two years ago.

Peters has raised over $2 million for the primary and will double that for the runoff in November.

Denise Gitsham has raised $425 thousand and Jacquie Atkinson has raised $146 thousand.

The 52nd District runs from Coronado to La Jolla, then east to Carmel Valley and north to Rancho Bernardo.

It’s unlike any other district because it’s a third Republican, a third Democrat and a third Independent.

Denise Gitsham is an attorney who worked in the Bush White House. She wants America to have a strong military and political presence globally.

On "Good Morning San Diego," she attacked Peters’s voting record.

"When you look at his voting record aligning, 85 percent of the time he’s behind Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. That doesn’t align with who we are as a district, and when you look at the fact that he’s voted over and over to increase taxes, he voted against the repeal of the death tax, he voted in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement," she said.

Peters countered by saying he’s been pro-business and job creation.

"I don’t think if I was a big tax raiser the U.S. Chamber wouldn’t have endorse me as one of six democrats in the last cycle or the local chamber would have endorsed me for the first time endorsing a congressional candidate," he said.

"It’s a pretty moderate district, you’re not going to be with either side 100 percent of the time and survive here and that’s all people want, someone whose working with the other side."

Jacquie Atkinson is a marine combat veteran who promises to bring new leadership to Congress. Her top priorities include national security and foreign policy. 

"We all know that national security and economic security go hand in hand so I want to bring back foreign, strong principled foreign policy that also keeps us on the offensive against these Islamic threats that we’re seeing. I’d like to see better veterans care because our veterans deserve more than what they’re getting now and also to secure the border," she said.

She said Scott Peters broke his trust with district voters by saying the Iran Deal was a bad deal, then voted for it.

The top two vote getters in the primary will go to the runoff in November. Peters will be the Democrat, The primary will determine whether Gitsham or Atkinson will be the second candidate. 

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