Rep. Mike Levin held a sturdy early lead Tuesday over GOP challenger Brian Maryott in their nationally watched House race, where Democratic control of Congress was at risk.
Democrat Levin of San Juan Capistrano, seeking a third two-year term in the 49th District, which straddles coastal North County and south Orange County, led Maryott 56.5% to 44.5% but his San Diego County lead was 58.7% to 41.3%. Maryott is a former mayor of San Juan Capistrano.
CA-48: Issa Leads Decisively
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was cruising to a second term in his new district — after previously serving 18 years in the adjoining coastal district now represented by Levin.
He was leading former Santee Councilman Stephen Houlahan, the Democrat and executive nurse, 58.1% to 41.9% in San Diego portion of district, which includes southwest Riverside County.
CA-50: Peters Well Ahead
Democratic Rep. Scott Peters led his GOP challenger Corey Gustafson 61.9% to 38.1%
CA-51: Jacobs Takes Lead
Democratic Rep. Sara Jacobs, finishing her first term, led GOP challenger Stan Caplan 61.2% to 38.8% in a heavily Democratic district.
CA-52: Vargas Nears Victory
Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas led GOP challenger Tyler Geffeney 66.2% to 33.8% in first returns.