A new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn ahead of Republican businessman Craig Huey by 8 points. Hahn and Huey are squaring off in Tuesday’s special election runoff in California’s 36th district.
In the poll, conducted on behalf of liberal blog Daily Kos and the Service Employees International Union, Hahn takes 52 percent to Huey’s 44 percent. The margin is favorable for Hahn but is much closer than political observers expected when the two advanced past the May 17 open primary.
With a dearth of polling on the race previously released to the public, this is the first evidence the candidates are within single digits. Low turnout is expected in the midsummer election, and it’s unclear whose supporters will actually get out to vote.
Hahn is getting assistance from Obama for America phone-bankers and sent out an automated call to supporters from President Bill Clinton asking them to vote on Tuesday.
The poll of 619 likely voters was conducted July 8-10 and had a 3.9-point margin of error.