Republican Brian Maryott (left) and Democratic Rep. Mike Levin. Times of San Diego photo

Rep. Mike Levin held a sturdy lead Tuesday over GOP challenger Brian Maryott in the San Diego County portion of results in their nationally watched House race, where Democratic control of Congress was at risk.

Levin of San Juan Capistrano, seeking a third two-year term in the 49th District, which straddles coastal North County and south Orange County, led Maryott 58.7% to 41.3%. Maryott is a former mayor of San Juan Capistrano.

CA-48: Issa Leads Decisively

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was cruising to a second term in his new district — after previously serving 18 years in the adjoining coastal district now represented by Levin.

He was leading former Santee Councilman Stephen Houlahan, the Democrat and executive nurse, 58.1% to 41.9% in San Diego portion of district, which includes southwest Riverside County.

CA-50: Peters Well Ahead

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters led his GOP challenger Corey Gustafson 61.9% to 38.1%

CA-51: Jacobs Takes Lead

Democratic Rep. Sara Jacobs, finishing her first term, led GOP challenger Stan Caplan 61.2% to 38.8% in a heavily Democratic district.

CA-52: Vargas Nears Victory

Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas led GOP challenger Tyler Geffeney 66.2% to 33.8% in first returns.



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