The news came after Campa-Najjar released an internal poll that shows him virtually tied with Hunter in the district that has been represented by a member of the Hunter family for nearly four decades.
The telephone, cellphone and online survey was conducted July 17-23 and showed Hunter with 51 percent and Campa-Najjar with 42 percent. However, after poll respondents were provided with more information about both candidates, the results narrowed to 48 percent for Hunter to 47 percent for Campa-Najjar.
“This poll shows voters are fed up with Congressman Hunter Jr. and are ready for real representation,” said Campa-Najjar, a La Mesa native and former Obama administration official. “Voters want an independent leader who will stand with women instead of question their qualifications, work across the aisle on healthcare, immigration, and infrastructure instead of toe the party line, and challenge the administration when it imposes tax policies that hurt California families and tariffs that hurt farmers, local manufacturers and car dealers who rely on trade.”
Hunter was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump as a candidate for President.
Trippi most recently managed Democrat Doug Jones’ victory for the U.S. Senate last year in deeply red Alabama and also guided Gov. Jerry Brown’s successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign against Meg Whitman, despite being outspent on television 4-to-1.
“There’s a clear hunger right now in CA-50 for independent leadership,” Trippi said. “Ammar can win this race. Just like we saw in Alabama with Doug Jones, voters want to end the divisiveness and chaos, and start working together to get things done.”
“Incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter represents scandal and partisanship, Tripp added. “Ammar will bring integrity to Washington, and work with everyone for common sense solutions.”
Trippi is credited with helping to engineer the groundbreaking use of the Internet to build financial and grassroots support for Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.
He is the author of the book “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything.”
The 50th District stretches generally west of Interstate 15 and north of Interstate 8 to the Imperial and Riverside county lines and also includes Temecula.
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