Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to dominate the race for governor in the Bay Area, with two Republican candidates tied for second place, a new poll released Wednesday found.
The poll, conducted by the business group Bay Area Council, found the former San Francisco mayor at 39 percent among likely voters in his home region.
Republicans Travis Allen, an Orange County state assemblyman, and John Cox, a San Diego County businessman, were tied at 9 percent. They were followed by State Treasurer John Chiang at 5 percent, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin at 4 percent each. A total of 26 percent of voters were undecided.
The poll confirms a longstanding regional dynamic to the race. Newsom, the statewide frontrunner, has racked up especially strong leads in the Bay Area, while his top rivals, including Villaraigosa and Cox, have done better in Southern California.
The Los Angeles area has more voters than the Bay Area but traditionally sees lower turnout rates, which can give Northern California politicians an edge in statewide contests.
Several candidates have been working to expand their appeal beyond their home bases in recent weeks. Newsom has spent a lot of time in the Los Angeles area, securing endorsements from influential county supervisors and headlining a labor rally in South Los Angeles last weekend.
Villaraigosa — who statewide polls have pegged as the second-highest Democratic candidate — unveiled endorsements last week from former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and several other liberal San Francisco elected officials, in a sign of their discontent with some of Newsom’s policies in the city.
The online poll surveyed 466 likely voters in the nine-county Bay Area from March 20 to April 3 — largely before a pro-Villaraigosa advertising blitz funded by charter school supporters hit airwaves. The margin of error was not specified.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Newsom leads governor’s race and two Republicans in second in new Bay Area poll