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Lori Saldaña tonight fell one vote short of garnering the 60% support needed to secure official party endorsement at the California Democratic Convention tonight. Of 42 caucus votes cast, Saldaña received 25, while fellow Democrat Scott Peters received ten and seven voted against endorsing either candidate. Peters and Saldaña will face off against Republican Brian Bilbray in the first election conducted in the newly mapped 52nd congressional district.

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"Listen, this whole effort is about beating Brian Bilbray, who's got about a 'zero' record on everything," said Peters, addressing the group before votes were tallied, who also cited support from various labor, teachers' and LGBT groups. "We need to stick together, and a vote of 'no endorsement' will do that for us."

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"It's been clear from the beginning that there's only one candidate who has enough support from this caucus to earn the endorsement," Saldaña countered. "I am clearly, by the polling, the front-runner in this race."

Loud cheers later went up when Saldaña's vote, for herself, was announced. Another round of cheering and applause erupted when it was announced that the party would not offer formal endorsement to either candidate.

Pictured: Peters and Saldaña speaking before vote tallies were announced

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JustWondering Feb. 11, 2012 @ 9:20 p.m.

People are tired of the same old slate candidates who never deliver on promises made during campaigns.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 12, 2012 @ 9:24 a.m.

Do ANY of them deliver? 99% fo the time it is a big fat NO. Arnold, Obama, and the list goes one....................

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Twister Feb. 12, 2012 @ 11:56 p.m.

Bil bray, Peters--what's the difference?

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monaghan Feb. 13, 2012 @ 4:03 p.m.

Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush -- seriously, what's the difference?

Either Lori Saldana or Scott Peters would be light years' improvement over carpetbagger Brian Bilbray who was himself an improvement over convicted felon GOP Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham who sold his votes for bribes.

And by the way, like those ubiquitous mentions of Mitt Romney's dog crated on the roof of the family car, don't forget that GOP mayoral hopeful Nathan Fletcher was Duke Cunningham's area chief of staff for two-plus years just before Duke was convicted and sent to jail.

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