Internal Poll: Republican Harkey Has Slight Lead Over Levin in Race for Issa‘s Seat

California’s 49th District is a top target for Democrats in November

The open-seat race in California’s 49th District is already close, according to an internal poll from Republican Diane Harkey’s campaign, obtained by Roll Call.

Harkey, an elected member of the California State Board of Equalization that oversees taxation, led Democratic environmental lawyer Mike Levin, 46 percent to 43 percent. Nine percent of respondents were undecided.

California will be central to the Democrats’ path to a House majority this year, since it is home to seven GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. The largely coastal 49th District, which includes parts of San Diego County and Orange counties, is one of them. Voters here backed Clinton by 7 points while re-electing GOP Rep. Darrell Issa by less than 1 point. Issa is retiring this year after nine terms.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 400 likely voters by landline and mobile phones from July 15-17, and had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. Live interviewers were used for all of the calls.

Read more at the Roll Call.