- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a story June 3 about the California congressional primaries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio could become the House’s first openly gay Republican.

At least two other Republicans, Reps. Jim Kolbe of Arizona and Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin, acknowledged being gay while serving in Congress.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Tough fights mark key California US House races

Tough fights mark key California US House races, while incumbents appear safe


AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several vulnerable U.S. House freshmen were in tight contests Tuesday in California’s congressional races, as Democrats sought to gain ground in the party’s longshot bid to reclaim majority control in Washington.

In the 52nd District in San Diego, where Republicans hold a slight registration edge, freshman Democrat Scott Peters was in close quarters with former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio, who would become one of just a few openly gay Republicans to have served in Congress if he wins in November.

In another marquee race in the state’s farm belt, Republican Rep. David Valadao topped the field and set up a November showdown with Democrat Amanda Renteria in the 21st District, which was carried easily by President Barack Obama in 2012. He’s seeking a second term. Renteria, the daughter of an immigrant farmworker, is a former aide on Capitol Hill whose candidacy is being backed by national Democrats.

The races foreshadow what will be toss-up runoffs this fall that will come with a flood of political dollars.

No incumbents appeared in danger, as incomplete primary election returns show tight races from San Diego to Sacramento.

An 18-candidate free-for-all was underway in a coastal district that includes Malibu and Beverly Hills, where the candidates range from best-selling author Marianne Williamson to gang prosecutor Elan Carr, a Republican.

With 18 percent of precincts reporting, Carr grabbed a lead in the strongly Democratic district, held for decades by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. The contest among 10 Democrats was shaping up as a close race between state Sen. Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel.

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