Congressional race tightens between Hunter and Campa-Najjar

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The race for the 50th Congressional District has narrowed down significantly for Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar and Republican incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Although Hunter has maintained his lead, a survey conducted by SurveyUSA for The San Diego Union-Tribune and 10News, surveying 800 adults from Oct. 25 to 29, revealed that Campa-Najjar has gained six percentage points in the last eight weeks.

Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed said they would cast a vote for Hunter, while 45 percent favored Campa-Najjar.

The race for the 50th Congressional District has narrowed down significantly for Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar and Republican incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Although Hunter has maintained his lead, a survey conducted by SurveyUSA for The San Diego Union-Tribune and 10News, surveying 800 adults from Oct. 25 to 29, revealed that Campa-Najjar has gained six percentage points in the last eight weeks.

Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed said they would cast a vote for Hunter, while 45 percent favored Campa-Najjar.

Hunter has come under fire for a recent federal indictment, along with his wife, for alleged misuse of campaign funds, to the tune of $250,000. Both Hunters pleaded not guilty, with Duncan claiming that the timing of the allegations was a political move by his opponents.

Hunter is a graduate of Granite Hills High School and replaced his father, Duncan Hunter, Sr., as representative for the 50th district in 2008, shortly after returning fromdeployment in Afghanistan.

Hunter’s campaign has stressed that the representative’s priorities include “a strong national defense; enhanced border security, fiscal accountability and transparency, and protecting taxpayer interests.”

Hunter previously served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Education and the Workforce Committee, but stepped down in August amid allegations.

Campa-Najjar is also an East County native and a San Diego State University alumnus. He has been working in public service since 2012 and he said that his exposure to the economic needs of both business and workers has shaped his political philosophy.

“I’m running to give back to my mother’s generation, and to all those seeking to live and retire with dignity,” Campa-Najjar wrote on his campaign website. “As a business owner, I know the burdens we face. As a Labor Department official, I served working families. Being your congressman isn’t about my personal politics — it’s about your personal health, safety, and economic dignity.”

Early voting has already opened, with Nov. 6 being the final days to drop a ballot off at the polls.

Read more about Hunter at https://hunterforcongress.com/about-duncan-hunter/ and Campa-Najjar at https://www.campacampaign.com/meet-ammar.

Find your local polling place at http://votingmatters.org.

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