The brand new LA Times poll is quite similar to the PPIC poll (although the governor does substantially worse), showing the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates in a statistical dead heat: Phil Angelides 37%, Steve Westly 34%. In general election matchups, Angelides is tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Westly leads Schwarzenegger by 10 percent.
In the Democratic primary for attorney general, Jerry Brown leads Rocky Delgadillo, 60% to 27%.
John Garamendi leads Jackie Speier and Liz Figueroa in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, 30% to 16% and 11%, respectively. Other contested primaries in both parties are very close, largely because voters don’t know much about the candidates.
Movie director Rob Reiner’s tax-the-rich for universal preschool initiative, Proposition 82, clings to a precarious 51% to 43% lead.