Democrats are in a comfortable position to once again win every statewide office this November, according to a new Field Poll, the first to survey voters on their opinions in the seven down-ballot races. Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, controller, treasurer and insurance commissioner are leading their Republican opponents by an average of almost 16 percentage points in a survey of likely voters.
In the closest match-up, for secretary of state, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla leads Republican think tank director Pete Peterson by seven points, 43 percent to 36 percent. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, long considered by many to be the Republican candidate with the best shot of winning statewide office this year, trails Democratic Board of Equalization member Betty Yee by 14 points, 32 percent to 46 percent.
There appears to a close race brewing for the nonpartisan superintendent of public instruction office, however, where former schools executive Marshall Tuck has edged ahead of incumbent Tom Torlakson, 31 percent to 28 percent. More than 40 percent of likely voters remain undecided, and Tuck’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, but the tight results suggest a contentious fall campaign to come in this costly, ideologically charged race.