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San Diego Republican John Cox In Second Place In New Governor’s Race Poll

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, right, speaks in Sacr...

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Above: California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, right, speaks in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

San Diego Republican John Cox In Second Place In New Governor's Race Poll


Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, Public Policy Institute of California


Democrat Gavin Newsom is leading in the race for the California governor's seat.

That's according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. Meanwhile, San Diego Republican candidate John Cox has gained traction too.

In February, the poll showed Newsom and his Democratic opponent Antonio Villaraigosa in a virtual tie. But this month, Newsom lead with 28 percent, while Villaraigosa was down 9 points from the previous poll.

Newsom's new top competitor is now Cox, a businessman who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, with the support of 14 percent of likely voters polled. Cox has 7 points more than last month.

A quarter of the voters remain undecided, but with the primary election less than 3 months away, the poll found voter interest has doubled since December.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Dianne Feinstein maintained a double-digit lead over her Democratic opponent Kevin de Leon.

The poll also showed that half of voters view this year's midterm elections as more important than midterms in the past.

Both Republicans and Democrats will be in San Diego this Sunday for a debate hosted by The San Diego Union-Tribune and 10News.

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