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In California, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is facing the toughest re-election campaign in his 15 years in office. The race for the 49th District was supposed to be business as usual, but Democrat Doug Applegate, a former Marine colonel and Iraq War veteran, drew surprisingly strong support during primaries in June.
Now, the candidates are polling just four points apart, with Applegate in the lead. In a district that's home to the Marine Corp base Camp Pendleton, it maybe should have come as less of a surprise to Issa that it wouldn't be an easy fight.
Steve Walsh, a reporter for KPBS in San Diego, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest details of the race.