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Miller Portrays Results as 'Stunning Upset' in 31st Congressional District

Miller, R-Diamond Bar, held the lead with 26.70 percent and State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was second with 24.86 percent in semi-official results last updated before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The campaign for Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, who is seeking re-election in the new 31st Congressional District that includes Redlands and Loma Linda, portrayed Tuesday's primary election results as a "stunning upset."

Miller held the lead with 26.70 percent and State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was second with 24.86 percent in semi-official results last updated before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, took 22.82 percent of 52,656 votes counted, and Justin Kim, D-Loma Linda, was fourth with 13.45 percent.

"Overnight returns show Congressman Gary Miller with a sizable lead in the newly created 31st Congressional District," Miller's staff said Wednesday in a statement headlined "Miller Designs Stunning Upset: Congressman Gary Miller Declares Victory in CD 31."

The Miller campaign "had polling data as early as three weeks ago showing the potential to squeeze the Democrats out of the race if the messaging remained positive against his primary challenger," the statement said.

Miller was quoted in the statement.

"First, let me start by saying I am very humbled and thankful for all of the support we have had from our friends and neighbors here in the 31st," Miller said. "Now it is time for all of us to come together to fix our nation's serious problems so that jobs and economic prosperity can return to San Bernardino County. I am ready to continue that fight on the road to November. . . .

"We have an advantage no one else in this race will have," Miller said. "The best, most dedicated volunteers who will make sure our goal to create new jobs, fight higher taxes and beat back the growing trend of increased Washington over-regulation on our Inland Empire way of life."

A pdf copy of the new 31st District is attached to this report.

Common Sense June 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
"...our goal to create new jobs, fight higher taxes and beat back the growing trend of [...] over-regulation..." Unfortunately, we all know he will instead work on the Borg Social Agenda. Resistance is Futile
Thomas C June 07, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I find it so funny that Miller considers winning by 1,000 votes to be a "big upset" when he used money from DC special interests to outspend his challengers 10 to 1. Then again as an Orange County carpetbagger, I guess it is an upset to see him make the runoff. Gary wants to talk about how to fix our country. Great. So what's he done to make that a happen in his 20+ years in office? If you'd like more of the same in DC, vote Gary Miller.
Eric Shamp June 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The so-called Democrat Advantage in the 31st is an illusion because apparently too many Democrats can't be bothered to vote. Look at the County Registrar's numbers... simply put, more Republicans than Democrats cared enough to show up at the polls. Perhaps the Democratic Party should put more effort into getting their voters out to the polls, rather than "anointing" a chosen candidate and assuming their voters will fall in line.
Gregory Brittain June 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Bob Dutton is the better choice. By way of an example, he has been able to move a bill to reform the ADA "shakedown" lawsuit plaguing local businesses despite the over whelming Dem majority in Sacramento.
SBSWZ June 07, 2012 at 10:44 PM
While Bob Dutton is an advocate in this bill (and CALIFORNIA Workman Comp problems), his experience may be better served in Sacramento than in Washington, DC. An expert Attorney in professional malpractice may not be as effective as an Attorney in real estate. What specifics does Dutton have over Miller? (proximal locality is not good enough – when was the last time the average citizen actually saw Jerry Lewis … or Dutton who was born in Nebraska and resides in Rancho Cucamonga?) We know he will be termed out in the Senate, but does that mean he cannot be effective in state politics any longer? We need Mr. Dutton in SACRAMENTO to effect and affect business-friendly legislation.
Common Sense June 08, 2012 at 01:50 AM
There was no anointing. If you add the votes that were split between the candidates and put them into one only, then that candidate would have beaten Miller. Look at the results. Miller would have lost had the democrats "anointed" anyONE. More democrats voted. But you're right, republicans do "fall in line" because resistance is futile and "you will comply" and all that drone mentality they have. Common sense. Right?
SBSWZ June 08, 2012 at 02:32 AM
My dear Common Sense, are we Democrats allowed to cross party lines and vote Republican? If not, then your common sense of only Republicans have "drone" party loyalty does not make common sense. I noticed that the Tea Party actually voted in their straw vote a Green Party candidate recently.
Eric Shamp June 08, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Common Sense, thank you for the advice. However, if you go to the Registrar's website, 31st District, add up ALL the democrat votes and ALL the republican votes, more republicans voted. Check the math. As far as an "anointing": the national party funneled money and support to Aguilar. They hooked him up with big donors, organized a $1000 a plate dinner in Beverly Hills, and unsuccessfully tried to strong-arm other democrats out of the race. I'm not sure how you could call that anything but an "anointing". I'm not picking on democrats... both parties do this. Strangely, Dutton made the runoff without the party support enjoyed by Miller. That fact alone makes me like Dutton more than Miller, although it's still a pretty grim choice.

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