In a victory for House Republicans' campaign arm, former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio (R) will not run for mayor, he announced Tuesday, opting instead to continue his campaign to unseat Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), a top GOP target.

"Today I reaffirm my commitment to be San Diego's voice in the U.S. Congress," DeMaio said. He expressed confidence that there are several candidates capable of being the city's next mayor, but declined to say who he wants to see run.