Schiff holds lead in Senate race according to latest poll

With just months to go until the March primary, it looks like California voters will be picking two Democrats to move on to the general election.

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows some separation in the U.S. Senate race to succeed the late Dianne Feinstein. 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Burbank) holds the top spot among contenders as he makes a run at being elected to the upper chamber. 


The big picture: According to the PPIC poll, Schiff leads with 21 percent support throughout the state. 

  • That puts him ahead of Rep. Katie Porter (D–Irvine) at 16 percent. 
  • Former baseball star Steve Garvey places as the top Republican in the poll at third place with 10 percent. 
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Oakland) polled at eight percent, far below the top two Democrats. 
  • Other candidates made up 27 percent of the poll, while 14 percent remained undecided. 

Go deeper: Schiff leads all candidates in most demographic groups and in every region except for Orange/San Diego, according to the PPIC. 

  • Porter is the more popular choice among younger voters, however, leading Schiff 23 percent to 11 percent, respectively, for voters under the age of 45. 
  • Schiff holds a 26 percent to 12 percent lead over Porter for those 45 and older. 
  • Notably, 76 percent of Democrats polled said they are satisfied with the choice of candidates, while that number was much lower for Republicans (37 percent) and independents (48 percent). 
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