California's 51st congressional district

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California's 51st congressional district
California's 51st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
California's 51st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Juan Vargas (DSan Diego)
Area 4,896 sq mi (12,680 km2) mi²
Ethnicity 14.4% White, 6.8% Black, 8.1% Asian, 68.5% Hispanic, 2.2[1]% other
Cook PVI D+16

California's 51st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The district includes all of Imperial County and the extreme southern portions of San Diego County that run across the U.S.-Mexico border. Cities in the district include National City, Chula Vista and El Centro.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Juan Vargas.

History[edit]

In the 1980s, California's 44th Congressional District was one of four that divided San Diego. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates, and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. Randy "Duke" Cunningham won the Republican nomination and won the general election by just a point, meaning that the San Diego area was represented entirely by Republicans for only the second time since the city was split into three districts after the 1960 U.S. Census.

After the 1990 U.S. Census, the district was renumbered the 51st Congressional District, and much of its share of San Diego was moved to the new 50th Congressional District.

Recent election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office District result Statewide result Nationwide result
1992 President Bush 40.3 – 32.3% Clinton Clinton
Senator Herschensohn 52.1 – 38.2% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator Seymour 48.0 – 43.3% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
1994 Governor [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
1996 President [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] Clinton Clinton
1998 Governor [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2000 President[2] Bush 55.2 – 40.5% Al Gore Bush
Senator[3] Campbell 46.7 – 46.2% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2002 Governor[4] Davis 53.5 – 39.7% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2003 Recall[5][6] Yes 60.4 – 39.6% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Schwarzenegger 48.8 – 36.4% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2004 President[7] Kerry 53.4 – 45.7% Kerry Bush
Senator[8] Boxer 61.0 – 33.7% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2006 Governor[9] Schwarzenegger 51.6 – 43.1% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator[10] Feinstein 62.6 – 32.2% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2008 President[11] Obama 63.1 – 35.5% Obama Obama
2010 Governor Brown 56.3 - 36.3% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator Boxer 55.5 - 37.4% [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Electoral history Counties
District created January 3, 1993
Duke Cunningham.jpg Duke Cunningham Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
Redistricted from the 44th district
Redistricted to the 50th district
San Diego (northern suburbs)
Bob Filner, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bob Filner Democratic January 3, 2003 –
December 3, 2012
Redistricted from the 50th district
Retired, then resigned early to become Mayor of San Diego
Imperial,
San Diego (southern suburbs)
Vacant December 3, 2012 –
January 3, 2013
Juan Vargas official photo.jpg Juan Vargas Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Imperial,
San Diego, runs along border with Mexico

Election results[edit]

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duke Cunningham (inc.) 141,890 56.1%
Democratic Bea Herbert 85,148 33.7%
Libertarian Bill Holmes 10,309 4.1%
Peace and Freedom Miriam Clark 10,307 4.1%
Green Richard Roe 5,328 2.1%
No party Johnson (write-in) 13 0.0%
Totals 262,995 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Duke Cunningham (inc.) 138,547 66.93 +10.83
Democratic Rita K. Tamerius 57,374 27.72 −5.98
Libertarian Bill Holmes 6,968 3.37 −0.73
Peace and Freedom Miriam Clark 4,099 1.98 −2.12
Totals 206,968 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Duke Cunningham (inc.) 149,032 65.1 −1.83
Democratic Rita Tamerius 66,250 29.0 +1.28
Peace and Freedom Miriam Clark 5,407 2.3 +0.32
Libertarian J.C. Anderson 5,298 2.3 −1.07
Natural Law Eric Bourdette 3,037 1.3%
Totals 215,282 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Duke Cunningham (inc.) 126,229 61.02 −4.08
Democratic Dan Kripke 71,706 34.66 +5.66
Libertarian Jack Anderson 5,411 2.62 +0.32
Natural Law Eric Bourdette 3,532 1.71%
No party Don J. Pando (write-in) 0 0.00%
Totals 206,878 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Duke Cunningham (inc.) 172,291 64.4 +3.38
Democratic George "Jorge" Barraza 81,408 30.4 −4.26
Libertarian Daniel L. Muhe 7,159 2.7 +0.08
Natural Law Eric Hunter Bourdette 6,941 2.5 +0.79
Totals 267,799 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 59,541 58.0
Republican Maria Guadalupe Garcia 40,430 39.3
Libertarian Jeffrey S. Keup 2,816 2.7%
Totals 102,787 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 111,441 61.7 +3.7
Republican Michael Giorgino 63,526 35.1 −4.2
Libertarian Michael S. Metti 5,912 3.2 +0.5
Totals 180,879 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 78,114 67.5 +4.8
Republican Blake L. Miles 34,931 30.1 −5.0
Libertarian Dan Litwin 2,790 2.4 −0.8
No party David Arguello (write-in) 4 0.0%
Totals 115,839 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 148,281 72.75
Republican David Lee Joy 49,345 24.21
Libertarian Dan Litwin 6,199 3.04
Totals 203,825 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Filner (incumbent) 86,411 60.05
Republican Nick Popaditch 57,480 39.95
Totals 143,891 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Juan Vargas 85,672 70
Republican Michael Crimmins 36,649 30
Totals 122,321 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

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Coordinates: 32°48′N 116°00′W / 32.8°N 116°W / 32.8; -116