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Tight Races for CA Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General

Newsom Leads Maldonado for Lieutenant Governor; Cooley Leads Harris for Attorney General

Media Contact: Suzanne Wu at (213) 740-0252 or

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — October 22, 2010 — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has a slim lead over State Senator Abel Maldonado in the race for California’s Lieutenant Governor, according to results from the largest statewide sample of California voters.

In the latest USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll, 42 percent of likely voters said they plan to vote for Democratic candidate Newsom, and 37 percent plan to vote for Republican candidate Maldonado. Six percent said they plan to vote for another candidate.

The race is within the margin of error: The October USC College/Los Angeles Poll was conducted October 13-20, 2010 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 for registered voters and +/-  3.2 for likely voters.

Newsom leads Maldonado among likely  Latino voters, 42 to 32, with 17 percent undecided. Support for the candidates is evenly split among likely White voters, with 40 percent for each candidate and 10 percent undecided.

Maldonado leads Newsom among voters registered “Decline to State” 45 to 33.


In the race for California Attorney General, the state’s top law enforcement position, Republican Steve Cooley leads Democrat Kamala Harris by 5 points among likely voters, another close race within the margin of error. Forty percent of likely voters support Cooley, and 35 percent support Harris.

In Los Angeles County, where Cooley is the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Cooley leads Harris 42 to 33 among likely voters. In Southern California overall, Cooley leads Harris 48 to 27 among likely voters.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Harris is the San Francisco District Attorney, Harris has support from 49 percent of likely voters and Cooley has 27 percent support.

By gender, Cooley has a slight edge over Harris among women, 37 to 36. Cooley leads Harris among men 43 to 33.

The USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll is the largest statewide poll of voters in California. More than 1,500 registered voters were surveyed in the most recent poll, conducted October 13-20, 2010, with a likely voter sample of 922 voters.

About the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll: The USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll project is a series of six statewide public opinion polls that began November 8, 2009, and will continue throughout California’s crucial 2010 elections for governor and U.S. Senate.

These polls will be taken at regular intervals and will be designed to survey California residents’ attitudes on a wide range of political, policy, social and cultural issues to better inform the public and to encourage discourse on key political and policy issues.

The October poll was conducted for the Los Angeles Times and USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner in conjunction with Republican polling firm American Viewpoint.

About USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: USC College of Letters, Art & Sciences is the university’s primary center for research and education in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The largest of USC’s 19 academic schools, USC College is composed of more than 30 academic departments and more than 20 Ph.D. programs, and is home to more than two dozen research centers and institutes.

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