U.S. Congress

U.S. House of Representatives, 51st District

Sara Jacobs

Sara Jacobs

Democrat | Birthdate: Feb 01, 1989 (Age 35)

Representative, U.S. Congress


District Analysis
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Congressional District 51, located in San Diego County, is a vibrant and diverse area comprising the entire cities of El Cajon and Lemon Grove, portions of La Mesa, and various neighborhoods within the City of San Diego. This district is characterized by its highly urbanized neighborhoods, significant LGBTQ+ communities, diverse ethnic enclaves, prominent educational institutions, tourist attractions, a growing tech industry, and the presence of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

El Cajon, known for its suburban environment, is a hub of cultural diversity, reflecting the district's ethnic diversity. The city's community-oriented atmosphere adds to the district's suburban appeal.

Lemon Grove, with its famous large lemon monument, offers a small-town feel within the urban context of San Diego County. The city is characterized by its diverse population and community-focused environment.

La Mesa, partially included in the district, is known as the "Jewel of the Hills." It combines a quaint downtown village with suburban neighborhoods, contributing to the district's blend of historical charm and modern living.

Within the City of San Diego, the district encompasses neighborhoods such as University Heights, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, Bay Park, Mission Valley, Tierrasanta, and Allied Gardens. These areas vary from vibrant urban centers like University Heights and Normal Heights, known for their cultural richness and LGBTQ+ friendly environment, to more suburban areas like Clairemont and Mira Mesa, which are characterized by their family-friendly atmosphere and growing tech industry presence.

The district is home to two major universities: the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (SDSU). These institutions are not only centers of higher education but also contribute significantly to the district's cultural and economic vitality.

Tourist attractions in the district add to its appeal for visitors and residents alike, contributing to the area's economic diversity and vibrancy.

The presence of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is a significant aspect of the district, influencing local demographics and the economy. The base adds to the district's military community and its associated dynamics.

In summary, Congressional District 51 is a dynamic and diverse area, showcasing a mix of urbanized neighborhoods, educational institutions, cultural richness, and technological growth. The district's blend of suburban and urban areas, along with its diverse communities, educational centers, and military presence, make it a unique and integral part of San Diego County.

Candidate Last Report Total Raised Total Spent Debt Cash-on-Hand Net COH
headshot Sara Jacobs* (D)
Representative, U.S. Congress
03-31-24 $1,187,634.62 $697,643.42 $350,000.00 $287,990.35 -$62,009.65
headshot Bill Wells (R)
Mayor, City of El Cajon
03-31-24 $574,600.72 $521,716.22 $0.00 $51,049.55 $51,049.55
* = Incumbent(s)
435,131 Registered Voters as of 04/18/24 D +17.75%
187,793 Voters
110,544 Voters
136,794 Voters
District Historical Candidate Performance
Election DEM REP Margin
2022 Gubernatorial Newsom - 59.5% Dahle - 40.5% D +19.0%
2020 Presidential Biden - 62.5% Trump - 35.2% D +27.30%
2018 Gubernatorial Newsom - 59.1% Cox - 40.9% D +18.20%
2016 Presidential Clinton - 58.4% Trump - 35.4% D +23.00%
2020 Census Data
Total Population Total White Hispanic Black Asian Native Pacific
758,201 45.7% 25.0% 8.3% 20.4% 2.7% 1.2%

2024 Primary Election Results (March 5, 2024)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Sara Jacobs (D) 90,901 57.36%
Bill Wells (R) 61,923 39.07%
Stan Caplan (R) 3,164 2.0%
Hilaire Shioura (DTS) 2,496 1.57%
2022 General Election Results (November 8, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Sara Jacobs (D) 144,186 61.86%
Stan Caplan (R) 88,886 38.14%
2022 Primary Election Results (June 7, 2022)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Sara Jacobs (D) 91,329 60.52%
Stan Caplan (R) 56,183 37.23%
Jose Cortes (P&F) 3,343 2.22%
Barrett Holman Leak (D) 55 0.04%
2020 General Election Results (November 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Juan Vargas (D) 165,596 68.3%
Juan Hidalgo (R) 76,841 31.7%
2020 Primary Election Results (March 3, 2020)
Name Votes Vote % Vote Share
Juan Vargas (D) 77,744 71.36%
Juan Hidalgo (R) 31,209 28.64%