Rocky Chavez
Rocky Chavez near the Oceanside Pier. Campaign photo

A new poll shows state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez with the lead in the crowded race to succeed Rep. Darrell Issa, but no candidate broke the 20 percent level.

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.

Chris Jennewein

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