SAN DIEGO — U.S. Representative Duncan L. Hunter was unable to convince the local Republican Party to endorse his reelection bid for the 50th Congressional District. The district encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a small part of Riverside County. Hunter is opposed by former Congressman Darrell Issa, and talk show host and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio. The party did not release the vote tallies for each candidate.
The Republican Congressman and his wife are facing charges that they looted more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Among other things, it is alleged that Hunter used the money to help fund five extramarital affairs, including with lobbyists and a woman staffer.
Hunter was first elected to the House in 2008. In his 2018 re-election bid, Hunter narrowly defeated Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar by a vote of 52 to 48 percent. The trial is expected to begin January 22nd.