Former Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) is leading Rep. TJ Cox (D-Calif.) by 11 points in a new internal poll from the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the top super PAC backing Republican House candidates.
The poll from CLF, released exclusively to Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, shows Valadao leading with 49 percent support among likely voters in California’s 21st District, compared with 38 percent for Cox. Another 9 percent remain undecided.
Both candidates have net-positive approval ratings. Forty-eight percent of likely voters say they have a favorable view of Valadao, who held the district for three terms, while 29 have an unfavorable view. Meanwhile, 41 percent view Cox favorably, compared with 38 percent who said they had an unfavorable view of him.
The California race is a rematch from 2018, when Cox unseated Valadao by under 1 point and flipped the Fresno-area seat.