Poll: Rep. Honda holds lead over Democratic primary challenger

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) holds a wide lead over his primary opponent, Ro Khanna, in a new Democratic poll of the competitive California race. 

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According to the survey, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) for Democracy for America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Honda takes 49 percent support among Democratic primary voters and Khanna takes 15 percent support. 

Thirty-six percent of voters in California's 17th district, which includes San Jose and Silicon Valley, are still undecided.

The two groups also polled on whether voters would be more likely to support Honda if he campaigned on a platform that included an increase in Social Security benefits, and 46 percent said it would make them more supportive.

PCCC and DFA have been crusading against possible cuts to Social Security. The two groups, along with a handful of other progressive groups, have joined a campaign to push Congress to expand benefits. Honda has expressed support for such a proposal.

Honda remains the slight favorite to retain his seat, and he's gained the backing of most of his colleagues in the California delegation.

Khanna, a former senior Commerce Department official, flexed his fundraising muscles last quarter and ended June with over $1.7 million in hand. 

He tapped into a number of Obama supporters he knew from his time in the Obama administration to amass the sum — one large enough to indicate he'll give Honda a tough fight.