New Poll Shows Rocky Chavez Ahead in Race to Succeed Rep. Issa

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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.

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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.

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