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Hauf to campaign in June Primary against Bilbray

Conservative republican Bill Hauf has announced he'll actively campaign in the June Primary election against Brian Bilbray. His decision reveals a rift in the republican ranks over who should replace convicted congressman Randy Cunningham. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Hauf's decision flies in the face of republican party efforts to rally the troops for one candidate in a close race against democratic candidate Francine Busby.

Hauf says he's campaigning because Brian Bilbray's views don't represent the conservative electorate, and he's running to bring them to the polls.
But political scientist Carl Luna of Mesa College says this could be a boon for democrat Francine Busby, and cause confusion among republican voters in June

Luna: "Conservative republicans from the national level on down feel that the republicans in power are selling out on their agenda and this might have a backlash."

Luna says voters who turn out to support Hauf or another conservative republican in the primary, might withhold their vote from moderate republican Bilbray as a form of protest. Bilbray and Busby appear to be neck and neck in the run off election to finish Cunningham's term. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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