California: GOP Polls Find Competitive House Races

Rep. Lois Capps is in a competitive re-election race in California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Polls conducted for two California Republicans found close races in Democratic-leaning districts that rank among the GOP's targets for November.

According to memos released by their campaigns, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R) trailed Rep. Lois Capps (D) by 2 points in the 24th district, and Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong (R) trailed state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D) by 3 points in the 47th district.

The Maldonado poll showed Capps ahead 48 percent to 46 percent in a coastal district that includes Santa Barbara. Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 400 likely voters June 26-28, and the poll's margin of error was 4.9 points.

Capps ended June with $1.3 million in cash on hand to $503,000 for Maldonado.

The DeLong poll, conducted by Newport Beach-based Probolsky Research, showed Lowenthal ahead 44 percent to 41 percent in a district that includes Long Beach and Orange County. The survey of 400 likely voters was taken June 28 to July 3 and had a 4.9-point margin of error.

DeLong had $317,000 at the end of June to $217,000 for Lowenthal. This seat opened when Rep. Laura Richardson (D) opted to run in the redrawn 44th district against Rep. Janice Hahn (D).