(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) — A new U.S. Senate primary poll released by SurveyUSA today shows Elizabeth Emken as the top candidate among all challengers, especially when directly matched up against incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein topped the survey at only 42%, the lowest polling numbers in her 20-year Senate career, with 24% of likely voters undecided on the race.
Emken is polling within striking distance of Feinstein in their head-to-head matchup, earning 34 percent to just 50 percent for the three-term Senator. No other challenger comes within 20 points of Feinstein in a direct contest, according to the SurveyUSA poll conducted for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KGTV-TV in San Diego, and KFSN-TV in Fresno during a three-day period between Sunday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
“This just proves what we’ve been saying all along — that an overwhelming majority of California voters aren’t crazy about the thought of another 6 years of Dianne Feinstein. In fact, at 42%, she’s at her lowest approval numbers ever,” said Jeff Corless, Emken for U.S. Senate campaign manager. “It also shows that in a one-on-one race, Elizabeth is by far the best choice to take on the incumbent. We still have a lot of work to do before June 5th but once Elizabeth Emken is the only challenger, we’re confident that we’ll have plenty of opportunity to bring Dianne Feinstein closer to retirement with each passing day.”
Emken, an accomplished businesswoman specializing in efficiency and cost-cutting, and nationally recognized advocate for autism research and treatment, has the backing of an impressive number of Republican elected officials, prominent party leaders and the California Republican Party, which unanimously endorsed Emken for U.S. Senate in March.