Essential Politics: In California’s primary for governor, it’s a race for second place

Essential Politics: In California's primary for governor, it’s a race for second place
Essential Politics (Los Angeles Times)

When is it more interesting who will finish second in an election? The answer is simple for Californians: when it’s a primary election under the “top two” rules created by voters in 2010.

We’re now less than two weeks away from election day, and the only sure bet is that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised to finish first among 27 gubernatorial hopefuls.

Beyond that, as our new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll makes clear, it’s unclear who will join Newsom on the ballot come November.

The survey found Newsom comfortably in the driver’s seat, though with support from only 21% of likely voters who…

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