A new USC poll released today shows Antonio Villaraigosa surging and poised to take on millionaire businessman Gavin Newsom in the November run-off.
The strong Villaraigosa poll showing was particularly impressive because the poll was conducted online – a methodology that has usually favored Newsom as he does well with the wealthiest voters. The fact that Villaraigosa is surging in this new online poll just confirms that his campaign for economic opportunity and equality is gaining traction.
The poll of 1,296 likely 2018 June voters shows Newsom at 31 percent, Villaraigosa rising to 21 percent and other candidates trailing. Under California’s open primary system, the top two candidates in June advance to a November run-off, regardless of party.
Bob Shrum, who leads the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, which sponsored the poll, said the new numbers indicated a possible repeat of the last U.S. Senate race, when both of the top candidates advancing in June were Democrats. The Los Angeles Times’ headline announced, “It’s a Tightening Race for Governor.”
The poll shows Villaraigosa now leading among Latino voters by two-to-one – an important strength as the registration of this key California community continues to grow in response to President Donald Trump, and because of the increasing number of Latinos in California. This means Villaraigosa is doing the best with the voter constituency that is growing the fastest.
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