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Former Rep Darrell Issa has expanded his lead in a bid to return to the U.S. House of Representatives representing California's 50th Congressional District. Public domain photo.
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Updated: Campa-Najjar concedes 50th Congressional District race to Issa


REGION — Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar today conceded the race for the vacant 50th Congressional District seat and congratulated his opponent, former Rep. Darrell Issa.

“To Darrell Issa, I congratulate him on a hard-fought campaign, and look forward to working with him in service of the district I love,” Campa-Najjar said in a statement released Saturday.

Issa was leading Friday, 53.3% to 46.7%, or 159,864 votes to 139,973 votes, according to results from the California Secretary of State’s Office.

“We withstood relentless attacks on my heritage from a three-headed opponent: Issa, Trump and Hunter Sr.,” Campa-Najjar said. “So to my supporters, thank you for the honor of a lifetime. For giving a Latino-Arab American a chance to do something special.”

The candidates were vying to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, who resigned amid a corruption scandal and criminal charges related to unlawful spending of campaign funds.

Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and was sentenced earlier this year to an 11-month prison term, which he has yet to begin serving.

Campa-Najjar is a 31-year-old former U.S. Department of Labor official who ran against Hunter in 2018.

Issa was a Republican House member from 2001-19, the final 16 years representing the 49th District.

The 50th District covers East and North San Diego County, along with portions of Riverside County.

Earlier

REGION —  Former Rep. Darrell Issa added nearly 4,000 votes to his lead over Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar on Friday in the race for the vacant 50th Congressional District seat.

Issa leads 53.3%-46.7% —  159,864-l votes to Campa-Najjar’s — 139,973, according to results released Friday by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The candidates are vying to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, who resigned amid a corruption scandal and criminal charges related to unlawful spending of campaign funds.

Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and was sentenced earlier this year to an 11-month prison term, which he has yet to begin serving.

Campa-Najjar, a 31-year-old former U.S. Department of Labor official who ran against Hunter in 2018, issued a statement Friday morning thanking his supporters regardless of the result.

“No matter how this race ends, I’m incredibly proud of how this campaign left no one out, took no one for granted, and brought this community closer together,” his statement read. “Thank you, for the honor of a lifetime. For giving Latino-Arab American a chance to do something special.”

Issa was a Republican House member from 2001-2019, the final 16 years representing the 49th District.

The 50th District covers East and North San Diego County, along with portions of Riverside County.

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