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Filner, Garcia to face off in runoff next November

March 06, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

Voters in the 51st Congressional District, which includes the Imperial Valley, chose Democrat Bob Filner and Republican Maria Guadalupe Garcia to face off in the November runoff.

They will be joined by Libertarian Jeffrey S. Keup.

Filner, who resides in San Diego and is the 51st District congressman, received 22,608 votes, or 70 percent of the votes cast. His Democratic primary challenger, Calexico resident Daniel Ramirez, received 9,692 votes, or 30 percent.

For the Republicans, Garcia, who resides in Chula Vista, garnered 10,257 votes, or 53 percent while Guillermo Durazo, also of Chula Vista, received 9,187 votes, or 47 percent.

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Keup collected 159 votes to represent the Libertarian Party in the November runoff.

The Imperial Valley has been represented by the 52nd Congressional District and Rep. Duncan Hunter. Under redistricting, the Imperial Valley moved into the 51st District, which includes most of the California/Mexico border.

In the Imperial Valley, voters overwhelmingly supported Ramirez over Filner.

Ramirez received 4,876 votes, or 59.66 percent of the Democratic votes in the Valley; Filner garnered 3,233 votes, or 39.56 percent.

On the Republican side, Garcia received the majority of support, garnering 2,639 votes, or 55.96 percent. Durazo received 2,034 votes, or 43.13 percent.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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