New CA Gov's Poll Shows Gavin Newsom Retaining Lead Over John Cox

Gavin Newsom retains lead in new governor's poll

Democratic Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom has to be feeling pretty good right about now. A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Newsom has retained his double-digit lead over GOP candidate, John Cox. 

Everyone's favorite (not really) former mayor of L.A., Tony Villar, rounds out the top three with 13%. 

When you drill down into the numbers, you see some interesting breakdowns on where candidates are finding their support. Newsom may be top dog overall in the poll, but, he runs third among Latino voters with only 9 percent. That's behind Villar's impressive 34% of Latino voter support and Cox's 12%. A little over half of people in the poll say they're following the governor's race closely. 

With the June 5th primary approaching fast, candidates like Tony Villar, Travis Allen and Democratic state Treasurer John Chiang are running out of time to make their pitch to voters. The poll has also delivered some bad news for Chiang and Democrat Delain Eastin, with neither of them finding support above single digits. 

The Public Policy Institute of California's poll was based on a telephone survey between March 25th and April 3rd, and included 867 likely voters. Then margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. 

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