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California's 53rd congressional district
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Current Representative Susan Davis (D)
Area 251 mi²
Distribution 99.9% urban, 0.1% rural
Population (2000) 639,087
Median income $36,637
Ethnicity 51.0% White, 7.2% Black, 8.3% Asian, 29.4% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% other
Cook PVI D+14

California's 53rd congressional district is one of 53 California Congressional Districts. It includes the heart of San Diego and stretches south to the United States–Mexico border.

Continuing east, is the City of Lemon Grove. Just to the south, nestled at the bottom of Dictionary Hill, lies the community of La Presa.

Across the Coronado Bridge, the 53rd District stretches west and south to the cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach. The current Representative for this district is Democrat Susan Davis.

In 2000, the two dominant parties in the state of California co-operatively redrew both state and federal legislative districts to preserve the status quo, ensuring the electoral safety of the politicians, thereby reducing the amount of influence the electorate have over elections. Therefore, the 53rd district is gerrymandered to favor the Democratic party. In the northern part of the district, the democratic downtown San Diego area is only connected to the democratic area surrounding UC San Diego with a few feet of beach, skipping the conservative neighborhoods of La Jolla. To the south, the district is solely connected to the democratic Imperial Beach area by the five mile long Silver Strand sand bar.

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Voting

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2008 President[1] Obama 68.2 - 29.9%
2006 Governor[2] Schwarzenegger 53.4 - 40.6%
Senator[3] Feinstein 66.0 - 28.8%
2004 President[4] Kerry 61.2 - 37.6%
Senator[5] Boxer 63.6 - 31.1%
2003 Recall[6][7] Yes 52.7 - 47.3%
Schwarzenegger 47.5 - 33.8%
2002 Governor[8] Davis 50.6 - 39.6%

List of Representatives

Counties Representative Party Dates Notes
San Diego (San Diego) Susan Davis Democratic 2003-01-03 – present Redistricted from 49th district; incumbent

Election results

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2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Susan Davis (incumbent) 72,252 62.2%
Republican Bill VanDeWeghe 43,891 37.8%
No party Jim Dorenkott (write-in) 37 0.0%
Totals 116,180 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Susan Davis (incumbent) 146,449 66.2 +4%
Republican Darin Hunzeker 63,897 28.9 -8.9%
Green Lawrence P. Rockwood 7,523 3.3%
Libertarian Adam Van Susteren 3,567 1.6%
Totals 221,436 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Susan Davis (incumbent) 97,541 67.6 +1.4%
Republican John "Woody" Woodrum 43,312 30.0 +1.1%
Libertarian Ernie Lippe 3,534 2.4 +0.8%
Totals 144,387 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

In 2008, Michael Crimmins was the 2008 Republican Party Nominee Michael was endorsed by Congressmen Duncan Hunter Sr., Barry Goldwater Junior and Tom Tancredo.

Famous Residents

Famous residents of the District include Eric Zacharias, a WWII Veteran and expert sniper.

References

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