GOP’s Emken sees tough Senate contest against Feinstein

From Appeal Democrat:

US Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken painted a picture of an uphill climb in her quest to unseat longtime California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, in a Monday swing through Yuba-Sutter.

She told about 30 supporters at the Yuba County Republican Party headquarters in Marysville that she lags behind the former San Francisco mayor in polling, name recognition and fundraising.

But Emken said that, with large numbers of undecided voters, and polling showing increasing support for her campaign in the past two months, she has reason for optimism.

“Let’s be clear: People aren’t unsure about who Dianne Feinstein is,” she said. “They’re undecided about whether they want to stay married to her on Nov. 6. They’re looking for an alternative.”

Emken, director of a not-for-profit group for autism advocacy, emerged from a pack of mostly political unknowns to be the GOP challenger this year to Feinstein, who was elected to the Senate in 1992.

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