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Democrats look to put the bitter primary race for 52nd congressional seat between democrats Scott Peters and Lori Saldana to rest once and for all.

Today, the Peters campaign asked fellow Democrats to join together in the fight against incumbent Brian Bilbray by making donations to his campaign before the June 30 deadline. To show that democrats are united behind Peters, there will be a fundraiser hosted by Francine Busby at the home of Mike and Lynn Bruser. The suggested contribution for attendees is $250. That price increases to $500 for "guests," $1,000 for "sponsors," and $2,500 top become a "co-host."

Other local democrats who plan on attending include congresswoman Susan Davis, Lynn Schenk, Christine Kehoe, Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria, Francine Busby, and Port Chairman Lou Smith.

"Now that the hard-fought Primary is settled, it's time to unite to send our Democratic candidate, Scott Peters to Congress," reads the invite.

"Scott has an excellent chance of replacing Brian Bilbray in the newly drawn 52nd district. His election will give San Diego a majority Democratic delegation and help the Democrats retake the majority in Congress. This race is a HIGH PRIORITY (emphasis theirs) Red-to Blue race."

The get-together comes after Peters and Saldana's campaigns clashed to make it into the runoff with Bilbray. National Super PAC, Progressive Kick even entered the fray, spending $55,001 on attack ads against Peters. In the end, only 700 votes separated the two, with Peters receiving 22.62 percent and Saldana just a half of percentage point behind with 22.12.

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Comments

nostalgic June 27, 2012 @ 6:52 p.m.

NEVER! Any $250 I have will go to Bob Filner. How Mr. Peters came to style himself a Democrat is a mystery I cannot fathom.

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Visduh June 27, 2012 @ 8:49 p.m.

When on the city council, Peters was as much an establishment figure as any of the Republicans could ever have been. I agree that his self-identification with the Dems is a mystery. But keep in mind that if he's elected, he'll follow the Dem line to the max.

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monaghan June 27, 2012 @ 8:36 p.m.

Don't give any of 'em money: it's the root of all evil in American political life. But don't dis Scott Peters. He can beat Bilbray and when he does, finally, after all the false starts and weak candidates from the past, Democrats and right-thinking people will celebrate. Peters will make an excellent Congressman.

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mridolf June 28, 2012 @ 6:20 a.m.

If the election were not such a high profile Presidential one, Mr Peters wouldn't have a chance. As for excellent, well, maybe he'll be more independent than Bilbray. I'd just like Brian to go back to D.C., or IB, or wherever he resided, before carpetbagging my district. This is a vote against, not for.

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