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Brian P. Bilbray
California's 52nd Congressional District is no haven for incumbents
California's 52nd Congressional District is no haven for incumbents

If there is such a thing as an "average" congressional district, it is not California's 52nd. Covering a northern swath of San Diego, along with the upscale suburbs of Poway and Coronado, the district is home to an impressive list of higher-education institutions, Navy and Marine Corps bases, and acres of tidy business parks with biotech and high-tech companies. It also has another distinction. Although most congressional districts nationwide are safe for incumbents, the 52nd is anything but. In 2012, Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray was defeated by Democrat Scott Peters, an environmental attorney and former San Diego City Council member. This year, three fiscally...

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