Pombo Race a Dead Heat

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The first independent poll in the California house race between Jerry McNerney and Richard Pombo (R-Ca) shows McNerney leading Pombo 48% to 46%. With a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, that makes the race a virtual dead heat. Previous polling by the McNerney campaign and environmental groups produced similar results but Pombo remains blissfully optimistic. As Pombo spokesman Brian Kennedy said of the poll, “I don’t believe it…[Pombo] will win.”

Read my interview with Jerry McNerney here, where he says of Pombo, “It’s time to get rid of him and put a responsible government back in Washington.”

—Amaya Rivera

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