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By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2024 (San Diego) – All five San Diego Congressional members have strong leads in the primary election, unsurprisingly given the power of incumbency and name recognition.

The key question is who will run off against them in November--and the early results have strong indicators of those outcomes.

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has more than 59% of the votes in his heavily conservative 48th Congressional district, which includes much of East County. His likely run-off opponent will be Democrat Stephen Houlahan, a registered nurse and former Santee Councilman. Houlahan has less than 17% of the votes, however Democratic primary votes were split among four candidates.

In San Diego’s 49th Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Mike Levin breezed to a hefty lead with over 57% of the vote. He is poised to run off against Republican Matt Gunderson, who has 23.4% of the votes.

Democrat Scott Peters leads in the 50th Congressional district over Republican Peter J. Bono by a 58% to 23% margin.

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, a Democrat, will run off against El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells in November in the 51st Congressional District.  Currently Jacobs has 58% and Wells 39%.

In the 52nd District, Congressman Juan Vargas, a  Democrat, has a large lead over his only opponent, Republican Justin Lee. Currently Vargas has nearly 66% of the votes, over Lee at just above 34%.

For complete results and updates, visit the San Diego Registrar of Voters election updates page at


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