Newsom and Cox Top New Governor Race Polls – Snake Villar Drops to Third

With just over two and half months to go before the June 5 primary, Gavin Newsom is leading the pack in the race for governor while Tony Villar dropped big time to third behind Republican John Cox. 

San Diego Businessman John Cox's second place showing is a good sign for California GOP who have long thought that they would be totally shut out in this race.  

Newsom has 28% of likely voters, Cox has 14%, and Villar has 12% - this is a sharp drop for Villar. He was neck and neck with Newsome in the last poll done at the end of January with 21%. 

“We now have about half of the likely voters saying that they’re paying close attention to news about the candidates,” said Mark Baldassare, the poll’s director. “It’s a question mark who’s going to be that second person who will run against Newsom — will it be a Democrat, will it be a Republican?” 

See the full breakdown and report at the OC Register 

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