Former Rep. Pombo trails in attempt to return to Congress

Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is currently in third place in the GOP primary in retiring Rep. George Radanovich's (R-Calif.) district, according to a new poll.

The SurveyUSA poll shows state Sen. Jeff Denham and former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson in a statistical tie -- 27 percent for Denham and 26 percent for Patterson -- while Pombo takes 16 percent of the vote.

There is about a month and a half to go in the primary, so there is still time for Pombo.

The former congressman won the fundraising battle in the first quarter, raising $465,000 while Denham raised $342,000. Denham banked more money, though, thanks to a $150,000 contribution to his own campaign.

Patterson raised just $85,000 for the quarter.

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