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Sen. Feinstein far ahead of Republican challenger in new poll

October 24, 2012 |  2:00 pm

Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein maintains a wide lead in her reelection campaign, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters say they will return Feinstein to the Senate, where the Democrat has served for two decades. Thirty-eight percent support her Republican challenger, autism activist Elizabeth Emken.

Five percent of voters are undecided, leaving little room for Emken to close the gap. 

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll surveyed 1,504 registered voters by telephone from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21. The margin of error is 2.9 percentage points.

The poll was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic firm, and American Viewpoint, a Republican organization.

Other recent polls show Democrats are likely to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, while Republicans are expected to keep their majority in the House of Representatives.


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Photo: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) on Capitol Hill last month. Credit: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call