Harris, Harman lead Calif. AG primary races

Chris Rizo May 10, 2010, 7:22pm

Kamala Harris (D)

Tom Harman (R)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-The races for the Democratic and Republican nominations for California attorney general appear to be wide open contests, a poll Monday indicates.

A SurveyUSA poll found that while San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads the Democratic field, with 22 percent support among likely voters, about 28 percent of respondents said they are still undecided ahead of the June 8 primary.

On the Republican side, state Sen. Tom Harman of Huntington Beach led with 29 percent of likely GOP primary voters saying they will support him on June 8.

Each of the candidates is vying to succeed Jerry Brown, a Democrat, as the Golden State's chief legal officer. Brown is the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor this year.

Trailing Harris in the Democratic AG race was former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, with 16 percent. Former Facebook executive Chris had the support of 11 percent of likely voters, while Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Los Angeles, had 10 percent.

Seven points behind Harman in the Republican contest was Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, with 22 percent, and former Chapman Law School dean John Eastman with 14 percent.

In the closely-watched governor's race, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner are in a statistical dead-heat, with 39 percent and 37 percent respectively.

The winner of the GOP primary will face off with Brown, a former governor, in the November general election.

SurveyUSA interviewed 548 likely Republican Primary voters and 621 likely Democratic primary voters on Thursday through Sunday. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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