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U.S. House District CA-49

GOP Congressman Darrell Issa’s decision to not seek reelection transformed this race into a key battleground in the Democrats’ campaign to regain control of the U.S. House. Covering the northern and coastal parts of San Diego County and a small chip of Orange County, the district reflects the shifting political sands in this part of California.

The district backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 and a New York Times poll shows the Democrat in the race, Mike Levin, leading Republican Diane Harkey by double digits. The district includes Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and Encinitas, as well as the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton. .

Diane Harkey

Age 67

Incumbent

Diane Harkey
Republican

Mike Levin

Age 39

Attorney and businessman

Mike Levin
Democrat

Mike Levin leads in the polls.

In a joint poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, 41,126 calls were made to residents of California's 49th Congressional District from Sept. 18-23 with 507 people responding to questions. Margin of error: +/- 4.7. See poll methodology here.

Mike Levin

51%

Diane Harkey

41%

Undecided

8%

The poll's questions covered a variety of issues related to tariffs, tax reform and approval or disapproval of the job President Trump is doing.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president?
Approve
41%
Disapprove
55%
Don't know
4%
Do you support or oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico?
Support
63%
Oppose
22%
Don't know
15%

Click here to see the full list of questions and their responses.

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We sent each candidate a questionnaire to complete. Here's what they had to say.
NOTE: Responses were published verbatim as they were received with no edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation or clarity. Paragraph breaks were added in some cases for legibility.
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Harkey
Levin
Candidate bio
Steve harkey

Diane Harkey, Candidate for the 49th Congressional District in California, was elected in November 2014 to the State Board of Equalization where she represents the voters of the 49th Congressional District as well as residents of 5 Southern California counties including Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and a section of San Bernardino. Harkey recently served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the 73rd District encompassing nearly half of the residents of the 49th Congressional District.

Harkey graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and enjoyed a successful 30-year career in corporate finance and banking. Working in good and bad economic climates with individuals, small business owners, and leaders of publicly-traded companies helped form the pragmatic business perspective that she brings to the Board and will carry over to Congress.

Pitch to voters
Steve harkey

I'm running for Congress to reduce the taxes and regulations that strangle economic growth, to secure our borders, and to reform the VA so our veterans get the care they deserve.

Top district problem
Steve harkey

A major problem across the country is a broken VA system that does not provide the services our veterans need. Congress should lead the effort to reform the VA to increase access to services and reduce wait times.

Constituent concerns
Steve harkey

I have represented this area for 10 years, and I always listen to my constituents and represent their issues and concerns.

Sanctuary laws
Steve harkey

I oppose California's sanctuary state policies. The situation at the border is increasingly complicated, and I'm glad that families at the border are no longer being separated.

Gas tax
Steve harkey

I am a co-chair of the effort to repeal the car and gas tax.

Housing crisis
Steve harkey

One major factor on the issue of homelessness is finding a solution to the opioid crisis. Mental health, addiction, and homelessness are intertwined, and the federal government should be working on a comprehensive solution.

Affordable health care
Steve harkey

There are two health care reforms that patients need: they need more choices for plan options that fit their needs, and patients should be able to purchase health care plans across state lines.

Candidate bio
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Pitch to voters
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Top district problem
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Constituent concerns
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Sanctuary laws
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Gas tax
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Housing crisis
Mike Levin

Did not respond

Affordable health care
Mike Levin

Did not respond