A poll conducted for the campaign of Raul Ruiz found the Democrat up 6 points in his challenge to California Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R).
Ruiz led 48 percent to 42 percent in the Lake Research Partners poll, with 7 percent of voters undecided. The poll was taken of 409 residents of the 36th district who are either likely to vote or have already voted. It was conducted Oct. 20-22 and had a 4.9-point margin of error.
The polling memo stated that both candidates' unfavorable ratings have increased over the past few weeks, as both sides have stepped up attacks. So, "in the final weeks of the race, it is important for the Ruiz campaign to introduce Ruiz to the 33% of voters who have not already voted and still have no impression of Ruiz," the memo stated.
This race for a Palm Springs-based district didn't enter the competitive landscape until mid-September, when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it was shifting money here to begin a media campaign against Bono Mack, who has eluded legitimate challenges for the past couple of cycles.
Roll Call rates the race as a Tossup.