The poll By 10 News and the San Diego Union-Tribune found Chavez with 16 percent followed by 2016 candidate Doug Applegate with 12 percent, environmental attorney Mike Levin with 9 percent, Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey with 8 percent, businessman Paul Kerr also with 8 percent, and Obama administration official Sara Jacobs with 7 percent.
Chavez and Harkey are Republicans; all of the other candidates are Democrats. While Chavez is a Republican, he broke with then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 over Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals.
Under California’s top-two primary system, the two candidates receiving the most votes in June will go on to the general election in November.
The poll of 500 adults, was conducted April 6 through April 10 and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
California’s 49th Congressional District stretches from the UC San Diego Campus to south Orange County.