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PRESS RELEASE: With DeMaio in, Cook Political Report downgrades Peters' chances for re-election


SAN DIEGO -- Just a week after announcing his candidacy for Congress, Carl DeMaio's campaign received another big boost with the non-partisan Cook Political Report reclassifying the race for the 52nd Congressional as a "Toss Up".

The Cook Political Report is the trusted source for independent, non-partisan analysis of elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.

At the beginning of the year, Cook classified the 52nd Congressional as "Lean Democrat." With DeMaio now in the race, Cook's analysis has been revised to:

CA-52: Scott Peters (D) - Coastal San Diego: La Jolla, Poway Toss Up. Peters was able to narrowly capture this seat in 2012 thanks to favorable redistricting, a strong performance by President Obama at the top of the ticket, and GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray's conservatism and unpopularity. But with both Bilbray and Obama off the ballot in 2014, Republicans have a better shot, especially with openly gay San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio running. In the nonpartisan 2012 mayoral race, DeMaio carried Democratic-leaning portions of the 52nd CD fairly easily. A Toss Up.

"It is nice to have independent observers validate our campaign's early strength, and I know our momentum will only grow as we advance our message of reform, talk about my track record of solving problems, and build a broad and inclusive coalition of San Diegans from across the political spectrum," DeMaio said.

DeMaio's candidacy has already attracted substantial national attention, with Washington observers pointing to DeMaio's success in getting reforms done in San Diego on a bipartisan basis and acknowledging the role DeMaio can play as a "New Generation Republican" who focuses on fiscal, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way.

A recent memo from NRCC Chairman Greg Waldon lists DeMaio as a top 5 pick-up opportunity, in part due to early polling showing DeMaio with a 10 point lead over Peters - the best polling numbers in the country for any challenger. The poll also showed DeMaio with a significant favorability advantage over Peters. DeMaio carried the 52nd District with 58% of the vote during the mayoral race in 2012.

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As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio.