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New Ad Knocks California Republican Diane Harkey on Offshore Drilling
League of Conservation Voters is targeting GOP nominee for Issa seat

Republican Diane Harkey faces Democrat Mike Levin in California’s 49th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The campaign arm of the League of Conservation Voters is launching a new television ad targeting Republican Diane Harkey on offshore drilling in an open-seat race in Southern California. 

Harkey, an elected member the California State Board of Equalization that oversees taxation, faces environmental lawyer Mike Levin for the 49th District seat that longtime GOP Rep. Darrell Issa is vacating.

Challenger's Poll Shows Close Race Against Issa in California
Issa's campaign disagrees, says GOP incumbent is in good shape to hold seat

California Rep. Darrell Issa won his last election with more than 60 percent of the vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll conducted for California Rep. Darrell Issa's Democratic opponent shows Doug Applegate within three percentage points of the long-time Republican lawmaker.

The Strategies 360 poll released Monday by Applegate's campaign, showed 45 percent saying they would vote for Issa, while 42 percent said they favored Applegate and 13 percent were undecided.