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Bilbray, Peters Cite Major Endorsements in 52nd Congressional Race

The campaign has attracted national attention, including that of former President Bill Clinton.

San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, a day after being endorsed in his congressional bid by former President Bill Clinton, received the backing of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

His opponent, Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray, added endorsements from four major players in San Diego’s life sciences industry.

The two are locked in a tight race in a district that shifted inland during redistricting, though it takes in chunks of the coast, including La Jolla and Coronado.

“Scott Peters will represent the right priorities in Washington, D.C., and education is at the top of his list,” Torlakson told reporters. He accused Bilbray of voting to slash spending for federal student aid.

Clinton endorsed Peters, a former San Diego councilman, and several other Democratic congressional candidates at an event in Irvine Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Bilbray – a former resident of Imperial Beach – gained the support of Duane Roth, CEO of business incubator CONNECT; Joe Panetta, president and CEO of the industry group BIOCOM; Joseph Gulfo, CEO of MelaFind, and cancer research advocate Philip Graham.

“I confidently endorse Rep. Brian Bilbray for another term because he has shown he can work in a bipartisan way to improve the innovation economy,” Roth said.

Panetta called Bilbray “a tireless advocate” for increased cancer research funding by the National Institutes of Health and a more efficient drug-approval process by the Food and Drug Administration.

Recent polls in the 52nd Congressional District race are mixed.

Earlier this week, Bilbray touted a survey conducted on behalf of U-T San Diego and the University of San Diego Center for Education Policy and Law that showed him leading 47 percent to 38 percent. He said an internal poll had him up by four points last week.

The Peters campaign responded with its own figures that gave him a 45-40 advantage in polling conducted by Grove Insight.

 

– City News Service

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