Calif. Commissioner Poizner Gains Ground in Race for Governor

May 13, 2010

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is gaining ground on his Republican opponent Meg Whitman in the primary race for state governor. With one month until votes are counted, SurveyUSA’s latest tracking poll shows former eBay CEO Meg Whitman receiving 39 percent of the vote, and Poizner 37 receiving 37 percent. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 18 days ago, Poizner is up 10 points; Whitman is down 10 points. Six other candidates on the ballot remain in single digits.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is gaining ground on his Republican opponent Meg Whitman in the primary race for state governor. With one month until votes are counted, SurveyUSA’s latest tracking poll shows former eBay CEO Meg Whitman receiving 39 percent of the vote, and Poizner 37 receiving 37 percent. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 18 days ago, Poizner is up 10 points; Whitman is down 10 points. Six other candidates on the ballot remain in single digits.

Among men, Whitman had led by 23 points, now trails by four, a swing of 27 points to Poizner. Among voters ages 18 to 49, Whitman had led by 19, now trails by eight, a swing of 27 points to Poizner. Poizner leads by double digits in the Central Valley; Whitman leads by double digits in the Bay Area, Northern Coast and Inland Empire. The contest is volatile: additional swings are possible.

To fill Commissioner Poizner’s position, State Democratic Assembly members Dave Jones and Hector De La Torre are running for office and leaving the Legislature because of term limits. On the Republican side, Mike Villines, a state Assemblyman from Clovis, is leading against Brian D. Fitzgerald, an enforcement attorney in the Department of Insurance.

The SurveyUSA poll was conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno.

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