Campaign Releases Polling Memo Showing Cisneros Taking Lead Against 24year Incumbent Ed Royce
Fullerton, Calif. – Today, fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, released a polling memo showing the veteran and education advocate statistically tied with Congressman Ed Royce, a strong Trump ally who has voted with the administration 96% of the time. The survey conducted in November by Tulchin Research, shows Cisneros statistically tied with Royce and taking the lead in the informed vote.
The poll finds a disastrous political climate for Royce heading into 2018 election as his allies Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Congressional Republicans all prove deeply unpopular with voters in this district. Asked generically whether they would be more likely to support a Democratic or Republican member of Congress, voters in this Orange County-based district choose a Democrat by an 8-point margin (45% to 37%).
“Ed Royce’s hopes of hiding his extreme voting record from voters in the 39th District isn’t working,” said campaign spokesman Orrin Evans, “whether it’s Royce’s advocacy to increases taxes on homeowners, strip families of affordable healthcare, or allow convicted domestic abusers and the mentally ill to carry concealed handguns, voters in Orange, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties have had enough. Royce’s service to political ideology and campaign donors may make for a lavish lifestyle in Washington, but it hurts real people here at home.”
Royce begins the race polling beneath 50 percent and in a statistical dead-heat against Cisneros, – a first-time candidate who takes the lead in the poll’s simulated campaign once voters learn more about his service to his country and philanthropic work
“Gil Cisneros, has committed his life to service to his country and his community, and continues to build a broad coalition of support across the 39th District,” said Evans. “From local education officials to national veteran advocacy organizations, Gil’s campaign continues to build momentum and is in an excellent position of defeating Ed Royce next November.”
The announcement of the polling data, adds to the momentum behind Cisneros who continues to build a growing list of supporters that includes Southern California Congressional leaders, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, and local education officials.
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.