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Two polls give Huffman early lead in Congressional race

Two early campaign polls show Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman leading the race for Congress in the new North Coast district.

But it's less clear who'd get the second spot in a June open primary that sends the top two vote-getters to the November 2012 general election.

"At this early stage, it's a race for second place," said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University.

2nd Congressional District debate

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An internal poll by Huffman found him with 20 percent of the vote, followed by lone Republican Dan Roberts with 18 percent and Democrat Norman Solomon with 7 percent.

About 37 percent were undecided.

Solomon's own campaign poll put Huffman at 16 percent, trailed by Roberts with 12 percent and Solomon with 11 percent. About 46 percent of respondents were undecided.

Both polls were done earlier this month and sampled at least 400 voters in the newly-drawn, Democrat-heavy House district that stretches from Marin County to the Oregon border.

Democrats Susan Adams, Andy Caffrey, William Courtney, Stacey Lawson and Tiffany Renee had 5 percent or less.

The candidates are vying to succeed Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who is leaving next year after 20 years in Congress.

All parties compete in June's open primary, and the top two finishers — regardless of party affiliation — go to the runoff in November.


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