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McKeon, Rogers ready to square off for 25th

Posted: June 7, 2012 4:30 a.m.
Updated: June 7, 2012 4:30 a.m.
 

Tuesday’s battle for the 25th Congressional District primary was really about who would be selected to run against long-standing incumbent Congressman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in November’s general election.

Receiving a 30-percent overall vote from the electorate, Democrat Dr. Lee C. Rogers emerged as that man.

“Last night, in a majority Republican turnout, 50 percent of the people stood up and said that they don’t want Buck McKeon to represent them any longer,” Rogers said in a phone interview from an afternoon fundraising event held for him at Disneyland on Wednesday.

“And, we’re excited about this prospect.”

Early Wednesday morning, after all 310 precincts submitted election results, McKeon ended up with 25,735 votes to give him 52.45 percent.

Rogers — the Van Nuys podiatrist renowned for advocating amputation prevention and the only Democrat running against McKeon — received 14,583 votes giving him 29.72 percent.

The other two Republican contenders — Canyon Country financial adviser Dante Acosta and Simi Valley’s Cathie Wright, daughter of late former senator and assemblywoman of the same name — each received 13.21 and 4.62 percent of the vote respectively.

With more than a quarter-million registered voters in District 25, Rogers was endorsed by almost 1-of-3 of those who actually turned out to vote.

“This is a race that we knew would go on until November,” Rogers said. “We’re building our coalition of people who want true representation in the 25th District.”

The Congressman, meanwhile, remains grateful to loyal constituents.

“I’m so thankful for the support of the community — especially all the volunteers who came out to help with the campaign,” McKeon said in a written statement sent to The Signal.

“To see such an outpouring of support from folks throughout the district is overwhelming,” he said.

McKeon and his wife, Patricia — a candidate now eliminated from the 38th Assembly District race — watched the election results from their Valencia home on Timberline Terrace with about 100 relatives and friends Tuesday night.

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