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Two-term Lt. Gov.
Cruz Bustamante, who was the Democratic Party's top vote getter in
the 2003 gubernatorial recall won by Arnold Schwarzenegger, holds
just a four-point lead for insurance commissioner, 43 percent to 39
percent, over Republican businessman Steve Poizner, a virtual
unknown to most voters.
The new poll reflects less support
for Bustamante than other Democratic candidates who have held
statewide offices. For example, Lockyer enjoys 83 percent support
from Democratic voters, compared to just 63 percent for Bustamante.
"Even though he's by far the better-known candidate, the
race is very close," said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. "That
displays a certain degree of vulnerability for Cruz Bustamante in
his bid for insurance commissioner."
Bustamante, a former
Assembly speaker, was assessed a $263,000 fine for violating
campaign finance laws during the recall race. He had improperly
raised $3.8 million in an old account with the intention of using it
for his governor's race.
In the race for insurance commissioner,
Democratic Lt. Gov Cruz Bustamante is the established candidate and
the race against Republican Steve Poizner could be a vote on
Bustamante's record. Bustamante ran for governor in the 2003 recall
election but was widely criticized for the way he ran his campaign
and for his financial ties to Indian tribes. The poll shows that 43
percent of likely voters actually hold a negative view of him,
compared to 38 percent with a positive view.
Just 15 percent
of likely voters have an opinion about Poizner...
Contra Costa Times:
a 43-39 lead over Bay Area businessman Steve Poizner in the race for
insurance commissioner, despite just 15 percent of voters having an
opinion of Poizner.
Bustamante is known, but not
particularly popular, with 43 percent giving him an unfavorable
rating and 39 percent favorable.
"...the two moderate Republican hopefuls,
Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and insurance commissioner
nominee Steve Poizner, are running close enough to win. McPherson's
incumbency - albeit an appointed incumbency - could carry him to a
win while Poizner is wealthy enough to finance his own
multi-million-dollar campaign against Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who
has a continuing problem with Democratic voters."
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