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California Senate Race Is Tightening

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that the all-party primary for the Senate is tightening up a little. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is still ahead with 24% of likely voters in the March 5 primary, but that is less than previous polls. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) is second at 19% and Republican Steve Garvey is third at 18%. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is a distant fourth at 10%.

So it still looks like Porter and Garvey are duking it out for the second slot on the November ballot. Porter is quite unhappy about Schiff running ads telling Republicans that they shouldn't vote for Garvey because he is too conservative and voted twice for Donald Trump, something designed to get Republicans to show up and vote for the former baseball player. Schiff has tons of money and the ads are effective. They have gotten Garvey into a virtual tie with Porter, despite the fact that he has raised very little money and not run many ads. But there is nothing Porter can do about all of Schiff's ads. She has some money and is running her own ads attacking Schiff, but in reality, Garvey is the guy she needs to beat, not Schiff.

Another problem Porter has is that crypto billionaires have sunk $5 million in ads trying to defeat her because they are afraid she would crack down on crypto.

Schiff's support is primarily from the Bay Area and L.A., while Porter's is from Orange County and San Diego. Young Democrats are for Porter while older ones are for Schiff. (V)

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