nominating Gavin Newsom, another San Francisco-based white male, will not help
Jerry Brown win the gubernatorial election," the survey continues. "A solid majority understands that
Janice Hahn, a woman with a Southern California base and long family political
history in Los Angeles County, will be a valuable asset to Jerry Brown's
gubernatorial campaign in the November General election."
The survey of 500 likely statewide Democratic primary voters proclaimed Hahn's superiority based on the concept of governor and lieutenant governor being running mates, like a president and vice president. There are any number of problems with this supposition -- namely, that the governor and lieutenant governor explicitly do not run on the same ticket, so it's a major stretch to think voters consider them a "team." But, playing along with the poll's supposition, here's the statement participants were read:
This year, Meg Whitman will likely to be the first female Republican nominee for Governor. In addition, Republicans are expected to nominate a Latino to run for Lieutenant Governor for the first time in 130 years, and their first-ever woman for the U.S. Senate. Some people think that with two women and a Latino candidate on the Republican ticket, Janice Hahn, a woman from Southern California, is a better running mate for Jerry Brown. Janice Hahn provides better balance for the Democratic ticket because Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown are both white men from San Francisco
Hahn is happy to report that Democratic voters of every stripe agreed with this sentiment (though, again, the term "Democratic ticket" is a misnomer).
We haven't conducted any polls. But the unnamed Latino above -- presumptive Republican nominee Abel Maldonado -- has. In fact, Maldonado's surveys showed a man with his credentials and an anglicized name easily winning over the state's Republican voters. But a man with Maldonado's resume named Abel Maldonado? Lo siento, Señor Latino.
This prompts several questions: