The Hill’s 50 races to watch


California 52nd District

Scott Peters (d) vs Brian Bilbray (R)

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R), like many California incumbents, has been forced to run in a district that is largely unfamiliar to him due to the state’s new bipartisan redistricting map. 

The new district also became significantly more Democratic, taking in large chunks of downtown San Diego.

Democrats got the candidate they wanted in former San Diego City Council President Scott Peters (D), a polished campaigner who won a tough primary against a more liberal opponent. Peters’ name identification in the district is nearly as high in the area as Bilbray’s since he’d previously represented more suburban territory, and Democrats believe he’s already leading in the race.

Both sides are pouring in money, with Republicans blaming Peters for the city’s ongoing pension crisis and Democrats slamming Bilbray as a Tea Party Republican. Peters likely has a narrow edge in this race.

The Hill rates this race as a toss-up.