(San Diego, Calif.) – Small business owner Denise Gitsham, the leading Republican candidate for Congress in California’s 52nd District, reported $254,000 in the first seven weeks of her campaign.
“I am unbelievably grateful for the support I’ve received thus far, but will not rest until I’ve reached out to every single constituent in my district, and earned their vote as well,” said Gitsham. “The latest polls validate what I knew going into this race: that our district – the most innovative in the nation – both deserves and demands a new generation of Congressional leadership; one that actually understands what small businesses and entrepreneurs need in order to thrive, and is unwavering in its commitment to protecting America’s strength and security.”
A December 2015 poll taken in the Republican-leaning district showed incumbent Scott Peters below 50% on his reelection and approval ratings, with 41% of district voters preferring someone new. Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a net negative 5% approval rating among district voters, with 49% unfavorable and 44% favorable opinion. On an informed ballot, Gitsham is already within 2% of Scott Peters, at 37% versus Peters’ 39%, in spite of the fact that she entered the race just two months ago. For these reasons and more, the NRCC considers California’s 52nd Congressional District a top targeted race, representing one of Republicans’ best “pick-up” opportunities nationally.
Since announcing her candidacy in November, Gitsham has earned the endorsements of San Diego City Councilmembers Chris Cate, Mark Kersey, and Scott Sherman; and former San Diego Chamber CEOs Ruben Barrales and Jessie Knight Jr. She is the only Republican candidate to be named a “Young Gun” by the NRCC.
Gitsham is a small business owner and proud daughter of immigrants. Her mother is Chinese, and Denise speaks fluent Mandarin. A California native and graduate of Georgetown Law School, she practiced law at the prominent international firm K&L Gates, and worked in the White House and U.S. Department of Justice prior to moving home to California to work for a startup and start her own business.