Rocky Chavez and Doug Applegate
Rocky Chavez (left) and Doug Applegate. File photos

A new poll by 10News and the San Diego Union-Tribune shows Democratic candidate Doug Applegate and Republican Rocky Chavez as the leading contenders in the race fro the 49th Congressional district.

Applegate, who almost beat incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa in 2016, was the leader in the poll at 18 percent. But Rocky Chavez, who has represented the area in the state Assembly, was a close second at 17 percent.

Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey polled at 10 percent, while Orange County lawyer Mike Levin received 8 percent.

The June 5 primary is still over three months away, and political observers cautioned that much could change before then.

But the first and second position are important because, under California’s primary system, the top two June primary vote-getters go to a November runoff, regardless of party.

A total of 12 candidates are running in the district, which stretches from the UC San Diego campus along the coast into south Orange County.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.