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February 8, 2020 (Valley Center) – Following a debate among the top four-polling candidates in the 50th Congressional District, the Valley Center Business Association and Valley Roadrunner newspaper released a  press release with results of a straw poll. The poll found Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar “dominated with 61% of the vote,” earning more votes than all three of his Republican opponents combined in the race to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Duncan Hunter's resignation.


• 61% – Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)

• 22% – Carl DeMaio (R)

• 9% – Brian Jones (R)

• 8% – Darrell Issa (R)

View the full debate:

According to the press release, “While an unofficial poll, this victory aligns with recent polling the past few months showing Campa-Najjar’s consolidation of his party base while Republicans battle it out. DeMaio came away with a big victory over his party rivals, but this race has one month to go with voting just starting.”

There are a total of nine candidates in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Rep.Hunter, who resigned after pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge. (Marissa Calderon, a Democrat, has dropped out and endorsed Campa-Najjar, though her name remains on the ballot.) The other candidates, not included in the forum or poll, are former Navy Seal Nate Wilkins, a Republican, Peace and Freedom Party candidate Jose Cortes, a community organizer, and three no party preference candidates:  organizational development consultant Helen Horvath, entertainment professional Lucinda Jahn, and loan officer/farmer Henry Ota. 

On February 14, five of the candidates will participate in a candidate debate hosted by the San Diego Association of Realtors. Helen Horvath qualified for the SDAR debate, along with the four candidates who participated in the Valley Center forum.

The top-two vote getters in the March 3 primary will advance to the November general election.

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Not to be trusted.

I watched and listened to Ammar Campa-Najjar’s interview earlier this morning, on KUSI. While he doesn’t come off quite as slimy as some of the other career politicians in this race, his fundamental lack of knowledge and misinterpretation of the meaning of the phrase “A well-regulated Militia” would be enough for me to disqualify him as a candidate. “The phrase "well-regulated" was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people's arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it.” I don’t trust anyone who takes liberties with the written word of our founding fathers, especially the Second Amendment.

Politicians say a lot of things.

I'm sure he went out and bought a gun, just to be able to make that statement. Here's a link to his interview from yesterday morning, scroll to 6:50 and you'll hear his hot take on a "Well-Regulated Militia" SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Democratic candidate for the 50th congressional district seat, Ammar Campa-Najjar joins KUSI to go over his campaign. In contrast, here's the same question asked of Carl DeMaio (6:00 in) who believes citizens should be allowed to protect themselves anywhere, not just in their homes. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Republican candidate in the 50th Congressional District Race, Carl DeMaio joins KUSI with details on his campaign.

The Second Amendment

was created to give citizens under local leadership the opportunity to fight back against a tyrannical government, as was done against the British. So it's natural for some to suggest that the government should remove those rights.

I'm afraid that impartiality these days

is like political virtue, hard to find because of all the polarization (and that includes NPR IMO). Different views in the same topic are plentiful, and they are all partial. But they do provide different thoughts and we ought to consider all of them, before making up our minds.

Funny thing about polls....

Some of us have learned a thing or two about them, others not so much. Equally humorous, is how quickly ECM is to report on anything positive on the Democratic side of the isle, (such as "unofficial" poll numbers) while consistently remaining silent on anything conservative, unless its can be portrayed negatively. How about that SOTU speech the other night? or, the childish meltdown by the Speaker? Lots of unhappy Liberals in La Mesa right now, no doubt about that.

You tell me?

I was simply referencing your own description above - "While an unofficial poll"