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Lungren Tops Bera in Congressional Primary

But Elk Grove challenger says he's ready for November showdown in District 7.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) captured 52.9 percent of the vote in the Congressional District 7 primary Tuesday, more than ten points ahead of Democratic challenger Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The two will head to a long-anticipated matchup in the November election.

"I am humbled that Sacramento County voters have chosen me to move on to the November general election," Lungren said in a released statement. "November’s election is going to be about choices, and for the citizens in the new 7 th District the choices will be clear."

"I am the candidate in the race who believes our economic recovery is linked to supporting policies that create private sector jobs and economic expansion," Lungren added. "My opponent provides voters with an opposite vision for the future, dependent upon more government spending and control over our lives.”

Bera earned 40.7 percent of the vote. Trailing far behind were Curt Taras with 4 percent and Douglas Tuma with 3 percent.

"We always knew this was going to be a close race... but we're going to win in November because we are on the right side of the issues," Bera said at his primary watch party at Woody’s Grill & Bar in Sacramento. "We need leadership to fight everyday for seniors to protect Medicare... we need real leadership in Washington."

M.Legison June 06, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Devastating loss in a district now with many fewer Republicans. This saves both parties millions as the district is no longer in play. Money now goes down south.
Jeffrey Edom June 07, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Just a primary, the race is definitely winnable in November.
prosecutor June 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Interesting side note. Bera is basically running from Obama's economic policies.
M.Legison June 08, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Bera lost by this wide margin because he is on the wrong side of everything, even with all but the most liberal Democrats. He's too cozy with the unions , thinks Obamacare should be much further reaching, supports huge cuts in Medicare, and got hammered for accepting CAIR funds which, after great pressure from Democrats, he finally returned. I don't know what Obama policies he is "running from," given his unwavering positions over the past several years.

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