Republican John Cox in dead heat for second place in California governor’s race

Republican John Cox in dead heat for second place in California governor’s race
John Cox (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – OK, what did these pollsters do with the real California?]

Republican businessman John Cox is in a dead heat for second place with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the race for California governor, with less than two weeks to go before the June 5 primary.

The new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows Cox with 10 percent support from likely voters, and Villaraigosa with 11 percent support — well within the poll’s 4% margin of error.

Current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is in first place, with 21% of support from likely voters.

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The poll is the latest to show Cox in second place, or within striking distance thereof. A March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) showed Cox in second place, as did a University of California Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Poll in April. Another poll by the Eyewitness News/Southern California News Group in April showed Cox in third, just behind Villaraigosa.

The latest poll is significant for two reasons. First, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll was one of the only polls in 2016 that showed Donald Trump with a chance of winning the election. Second. …

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