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Immigration and a desire for a change in the balance of power were the two most important factors in voters’ choice of Rep. Brian Bilbray over Francine Busby in California’s 50th Congressional District, according to an exit poll of 904 voters conducted by Zogby International.

The survey shows 21 percent of voters polled cited immigration as the most important factor in their choice of candidate in Tuesday’s election, while 15.5 percent cited a desire for a change of control in Washington, D.C.

About 12 percent of respondents said the War in Iraq was a decisive factor in their decision, while an equal amount indicated they weighed their political affiliation the heaviest. About 7 percent of voters were influenced most concerns about corruption, moral values or the economy.

Roughly 3 percent those surveyed said Bilbray’s residency in the district was the most important factor in their decision while taxes only concerned 2 percent.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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