A new Emerson College poll shows a toss up between California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and a new governor in the upcoming Sept. 14 recall vote.
The poll showed Newsom at 48 percent versus a new leader at 46 percent in the study that included a three percent margin of error.
Among the competitors challenging Newsom, newcomer Larry Elder stands as the leading choice. The Emerson College study noted, “A plurality of voters (40%) are unsure which candidate they will choose for the second ballot question, who should replace Gov. Newsom in the case of his recall.”
It added, “Leading the field of candidates is talk radio host Larry Elder, at 23%. Since July’s poll, Elder has gained seven percentage points.”
Elder, a black conservative Christian radio commentator, took to California court to ensure his name on the ballot just in time for the recall.
The study also noted, “Businessman John Cox and former Olympian and television personality Caitlyn Jenner are both polling at 7%, followed by California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley at 5%, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer at 4%, and social media influencer Kevin Paffrath at 1%. Thirteen percent (13%) of respondents reported that they plan to vote for someone else.
Early voting begin in mid-August, with ballots sent to all registered voters. The recall election will stand as the ultimate test regarding whether voters will endure more of Newsom’s harsh pandemic lockdowns and government overreach.
If he is recalled, the new governor may only win with a small percentage of votes. The crowded Republican field will likely divide among at least six listed candidates.