Ruben Gallego Ahead of Mary Rose Wilcox in Congressional Race, Poll Says

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A poll paid for by the campaign of former state Representative Ruben Gallego shows Gallego ahead of Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox in the Congressional District 7 race.

Gallego and Wilcox, both Democrats, are the two big-name candidates in the race, after former state Senator Steve Gallardo announced last week that he's going to run for Wilcox's seat on the board of supervisors instead of the congressional seat.

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-Steve Gallardo Running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Instead of Congress
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It's extremely likely that whichever Democrat wins the primary race wins the seat, being vacated by Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor, who's retiring. The district's voters opted for President Obama in 2012 by a 72 percent to 27 percent margin over Mitt Romney.

According to Gallego's poll, from a company called Lake Research Partners, 38 percent of the 401 Democratic voters opted for Gallego, and 32 percent for Wilcox. Twenty-nine percent remained undecided.

Again, this is a poll paid for by Gallego's campaign -- so take that for what it's worth -- but according to what they released, Wilcox is more popular, but also has a larger percentage of people who view her unfavorably.

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