Congressional candidates Scott Peters, left, and Carl DeMaio.
Congressional candidates Scott Peters, left, and Carl DeMaio.

Republican congressional candidate and former City Councilman Carl DeMaio held a three-point lead over Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, in a poll released Tuesday.

DeMaio was buoyed by a wide margin of support among Asian American voters who live in the 52nd Congressional District, who favored him 57 percent to 26 percent, according to the SurveyUSA poll done for 10News and U-T San Diego.

The 542 likely voters reached by telephone late last week and early this week said they preferred DeMaio over Peters 48 percent to 45 percent. Peters won office over Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, four years ago.

The district has long been considered a swing seat. Because Democrats are not expected to reclaim a majority in the House next month, the race has drawn considerable interest and money from political action committees.

Local political observers said they expect the race to have a trickle- down effect on the campaign for an open seat on the San Diego City Council. Both candidates, Chris Cate and Carol Kim, are of Asian descent.

Voters of Asian descent found DeMaio more trustworthy than Peters by a margin of 66 percent to 18 percent.

Likely voters overall said DeMaio was more trustworthy, 48 percent to 44 percent.

Among independents, DeMaio was up 55 percent to 37 percent. According to the National University System Institute for Policy Research, the number of decline-to-state voters has gone up by 10,000 in the district recently.

— City News Service