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Some social conservatives, LGBT activists oppose gay Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio

BY KEVIN FREKING
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio figures he must be doing something right if both social conservatives and members of the gay rights community oppose him.

"It means you're right in the middle where the American people are," DeMaio, who is gay, said in a recent interview.

Running for Congress in a district almost evenly divided among Democrats, Republicans and independents, DeMaio gives the GOP one of its best chances for winning a Democratic-controlled House seat, this one in the San Diego area.

But the gay rights community leans heavily Democratic, and the Human Rights Campaign endorsed the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Scott Peters. Meanwhile, the socially conservative Family Research Council and others weighed in during the primary with mailers, robocalls and radio ads to boost the prospects of another Republican. The conservative groups are expected to stand down for the general election but haven't made a firm commitment about their plans.

Across the country, the two other gay Republicans, Dan Innis of New Hampshire and Richard Tisei of Massachusetts, have so far avoided being targeted by social conservatives as they prepare for September primaries.

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