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New Poll Shows 50th Congressional Race Tightening

50th Congressional District candidates Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar and Republ...

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Above: 50th Congressional District candidates Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar and Republican Duncan D. Hunter are shown in this undated photo.

New Poll Shows 50th Congressional Race Tightening


Michael Smolens, political columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune


With less than a week to go, the race in the 50th Congressional District is tightening.

Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar trails incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) 45 to 48 percent in a new 10 News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll. The poll, taken by SurveyUSA, surveyed voters in El Cajon, Alpine, Escondido and parts of Riverside County.

A majority of the people who responded said they believe Hunter broke the law by using campaign funds illegally. Hunter and his wife Margaret are under federal indictment for allegedly stealing some $250,000 of campaign funds for personal use. Both have pleaded not guilty.

The San Diego Union-Tribune political columnist Michael Smolens talks with Midday Edition about the demographics of each candidate's support and the reasons for the shift in the polls.

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