Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A new poll of likely voters in the 50th Congressional district shows Rep. Duncan Hunter maintaining his lead in the largely rural, Republican district.

The poll, conducted for 10 News and the San Diego Union-Tribune, shows Hunter with 47 percent to Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar‘s 39 percent.

Voters were called Aug. 22-26, the time during which news broke about the indictment of Hunter and his wife Margaret for alleged personal use of campaign funds.

“In some respects, voters in Hunter’s district greet news of the indictment with a yawn,” noted SurveyUSA, which conducted the poll.

However, the poll results show that younger and urban voters in the sprawling East County district back Campa-Najjar.

Hunter has represented the district in Congress since 2009, following in the footsteps of his father, Duncan Lee Hunter, who had represented the district since 1981.

The younger Hunter was among the first House members to publicly endorse Donald Trump in his election campaign.

In response to the new poll, Campa-Najjar spokesman Nick Singer said in a statement: “Polling has consistently found this to be a close and competitive race and we are gaining ground every day as voters learn more about Hunter’s corruption and egregious behavior.”

Updated at 3:15 p.m. Aug. 27, 2018

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Chris Jennewein

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