New Poll Shows Gavin Newsom Mostly Leading Other (Potential) Gubernatorial Candidates

Newsom's "thinking face."

Former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is keen to win the governor’s chair, and a new Field Poll shows him mostly leading other potential candidates.

[jump] As the Los Angeles Times reports, the poll surveyed 1,002 registered voters from Sept. 17 through Oct. 4 about who they'd support in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Among the findings: 42 percent said they’d support former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (although, to be fair, 44 percent said they were “not inclined” to support him); 41 percent said they’d support Newsom (36 percent said they wouldn't support him); and 36 percent said they’d support current L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti.

So far, only Newsom has confirmed his gubernatorial ambitions — the second time he’s sought the office, following a lackluster 2009 bid that he reportedly nixed to give Jerry Brown a clear path to Sacramento.

According to the poll, 60 percent of state Democrats favor Newsom, as do voters in Northern California, where Newsom leads at 52 percent. White non-Hispanic and Asian/African-American voters are also more likely to support him, at 39 percent and 49 percent respectively.

Other possible contenders mentioned in the poll include San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, state treasurer John Chiang, Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin, and former state controller Steve Westly.

Just yesterday, Newsom proposed a 2016 gun control ballot initiative that, among other requirements, would mandate background checks on all ammunition purchases and would require gun owners with assault-style magazines to turn those over to authorities. 

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