Another poll pits Garvey firmly in second place

Garvey appears to be set to advance in the top-two primary system.
Dodgers legend Steve Garvey looks on during the Celebrity Sports Roast & Toast at #FanFest.

Another poll in California’s Senate race has Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Burbank) and former baseball star Steve Garvey headed for the November election. 

A poll from WPA Intelligence, paid for by Garvey’s campaign, has the former Dodger and Padre firmly in second place ahead of the March primary. 


The big picture: According to the poll, Schiff sits in first place with 27 percent of support, followed closely behind by Garvey at 24 percent. 

  • Rep. Katie Porter (D–Irvine) came in at 15 percent, while Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Oakland) was at 10 percent. 
  • Garvey led all candidates among No Party Preference voters at 27 percent. 
  • The poll was conducted with 800 likely primary voters across the state from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21 and has a 95 percent confidence level. 
  • The WPA Intelligence poll comes shortly after an Emerson College and Nexstar poll showed similar results. 

What they’re saying: WPA Intelligence partner Bryon Allen said that it is clear the race is shaping up to be highly competitive. 

  • “The narrow gap between Adam Shciff and Steve Garvey underscores a significant shift in voter sentiment, particularly among No Party Preference voters, where Garvey has emerged as the preferred candidate,” Allen said. “This trend is consistent with other recent polls, including the recent Emerson College Polling survey, indicating a solidifying base of support for Garvey that transcends traditional party lines. As we move into the general election, it’s essential to watch these dynamics closely, as No Party preference voters are likely to play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this race.” 
  • Garvey said he is humbled and energized by the support he is seeing, especially among independent voters. 
  • “It’s clear that Californians from all walks of life are responding to our message of consensus building, common sense, and compassion,” Garvey said. “This momentum reinforces my commitment to be a voice for all in the Senate, bridging divides and focusing on the real issues that affect our state.” 
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