California: Internal Jared Huffman Poll Finds a Race for Second

Posted April 9, 2012 at 6:20pm

It’s a race for second place in Northern California’s coastal 2nd district, according to an internal poll for state Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s campaign.

The Democrat holds a wide lead in the 12-candidate all-party primary with 24 percent, followed by fellow Democrats Stacey Lawson with 9 percent, Norman Solomon with 7 percent and Susan Adams with 5 percent. Dan Roberts and Michael Halliwell, the only two Republicans in the race, took 5 percent each.

The poll was conducted by California-based Democratic firm FM3. It polled 500 likely voters from March 23 to 29 with a 4.9-point margin of error.

The top two finishers in the June 5 primary, regardless of party, will advance to the general election. The FM3 polling memo stated that Huffman is well-positioned in both contests.

“Additionally, Huffman is the only Democratic candidate known to a majority of voters,” FM3 pollsters Dave Metz and Curtis Below said in the memo. “This strong initial support and familiarity with voters positions Huffman well to win election to Congress in November.”

The redrawn 2nd district, from which Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D) is retiring, is strongly Democratic. It stretches north from the Golden Gate Bridge up the coast to the Oregon border.