A Democratic candidate challenging embattled Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter says his internal polling shows he is best positioned to take on the incumbent.
Former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign released an internal poll showing him in second place behind Hunter in California’s 50th District ahead of next month's primary.
Tulchin Research interviewed 500 likely primary election voters yielding a 4.38 point margin of error.
The survey showed Hunter leads with 39 percent of likely voters and Campa-Najjar polling at 14 percent. El Cajon Republican Mayor Bill Wells came in third with 8 percent.
But 25 percent of voters polled remain undecided.
“We could eke this out in the general once we’ve consolidated all the anti-Hunter voters currently divided among six candidates,” Campa-Najjar said. “We haven’t started to prosecute Hunter on his stuff.”
Democrats Bill Malloy and retired Navy SEAL Josh Butner both polled at 6 percent of likely voters, according to Campa-Najjar’s poll.
“I think my numbers will go up,” Campa-Najjar said. “If the election were held today, it’d be me and Hunter.”
With Hunter is under federal investigation for using campaign money to pay for personal expenses, Campa-Najjar and Butner are engaged in a bitter contest to challenge the Republican.
Butner accused Campa-Najjar’s campaign of being behind a website that said Butner’s father was affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and Campa-Najjar accused Butner’s campaign of planting a story about his grandfather being a Palestinian terrorist despite dying before Campa-Najjar was born.
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