California House Republican up 8 in opponent's internal polling

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has an 8-point lead in his reelection bid, according to a new poll conducted for his opponent and shared with The Hill.

Denham leads beekeeper Michael Eggman (D) 49 percent to 41 percent in the poll, conducted for Eggman's campaign by Democratic pollster GBA Strategies and shared by a source close to Eggman's campaign.

The numbers indicate Denham is in pretty solid shape for reelection in a district President Obama narrowly won in 2012, though the pollsters argue that Eggman has the momentum, pointing to a previously unreleased poll conducted in April that found Denham with a 26-point advantage.

Partisan polls should always be taken with a grain of salt. That this poll is being shared indicates Democrats are trying to generate enthusiasm about Eggman's chances, which most observers have as slim in a district that leans Republican in non-presidential years.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has more than $1 million reserved in the Sacramento media market that has officially been earmarked to help Eggman, though it could just as easily be used to help shore up Rep. Ami BeraAmi BeraCalifornia National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments Clinton makes new push to win the House Overnight Healthcare: Flint fight drags on | House passes exemption for ObamaCare mandate | Feds looking for healthy millennials MORE (D-Calif.), who is in a dogfight for reelection.

The live-caller poll of 400 likely voters reached on landlines and cellphones was conducted from Sept. 18-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.