Former MLB great Steve Garvey leads Adam Schiff in California Senate race: poll

Former MLB great Steve Garvey leads Adam Schiff in California Senate race: poll

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres star Steve Garvey is ahead of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the nonpartisan California Senate primary, a new poll shows.

Garvey, a Republican and 10-time MLB All-Star, earned 27 percent support in a Los Angeles Times/Berkeley IGS poll released Friday.

Support for Schiff in the hotly contested race for the seat previously held by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was measured at 25 percent by the pollster.

Garvey leads Schiff by two points in the full-term Senate race. AP
Schiff trails Garvey by six points in the partial Senate race. AP

Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) received 19 percent and 8 percent support, respectively, according to the survey.

The poll’s margin of error was 2 percentage points, meaning Schiff and Garvey are tied in the primary race.

The top two vote-getters in the March 5 race will advance to a November runoff, regardless of party affiliation.

California voters will be asked to choose a candidate for a partial Senate term — to replace interim Sen. Lafonza Butler (D-Calif.) between November and the start of the next term — and for a full term that begins in January 2025 and lasts six years.

Garvey, Schiff, Porter and Lee are in both races.

Garvey leads Schiff in partial primary race by 6 points – 29% to 23%

The top two candidates in Tuesday’s primary will advance to the November runoff. AP

“I am deeply humbled by the confidence and support shown by Californians in this latest poll,” Garvey said in a statement. “It shows that our message of addressing the real issues that concern Californians with compassionate, common-sense solutions resonates more than the tired political arguments of career politicians.”

“It’s clear that people are ready for new leadership that brings us together to build a brighter future for California.”

Garvey’s campaign spokesman Matt Shoup said the former baseball star’s “half-century-old relationship with Californians transcends politics and will prove to be a huge force in both the primary and the general election.”

Garvey (right) played parts of 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. AP

The same poll previously measured support for Garvey in the race for a full term at 13 percent in early January.

The pollster attributed the “big increase in voter support for Garvey over the past six weeks” to Republicans and strong conservative voters consolidating their support behind the former striker.

Garvey is also likely to benefit from low turnout in the primary race. Only 9% of Californians have returned mail-in ballots with just days left before the primary.

“Garvey is the main beneficiary in a low-turnout election scenario because he has a huge lead over other Republicans and he and Schiff are the two most popular candidates among older, white and home-owning voters,” the poll noted.

The survey of 6,536 registered voters in California was conducted between February 22-27.





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