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Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris have big leads in California

In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.
In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. AP

Democrat Hillary Clinton pushed her lead over Donald Trump to 26 points in California, a double-digit increase over the last month, a new statewide poll shows.

Clinton tops the Republican in the presidential race, 54 percent to 28 percent among likely voters, according to the survey released late Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Clinton was up by 16 points in PPIC’s September poll.

In California’s all-Democratic U.S. Senate race, Attorney General Kamala Harris has significantly increased her lead over Rep. Loretta Sanchez, building a 2-to-1 edge, 42 percent to 20 percent. One of five voters remains undecided and 18 percent said they would not vote on Nov. 8.

Harris has led in every public poll since entering the race in January 2015. When PPIC excludes the bloc of voters who intend to pass on the Senate race, Harris’ advantage expands to 27 points, 51 percent to 24 percent.

There are 17 measures on the ballot, and PPIC asked about four, the $9 billion school construction bond (Proposition 51); extension of a temporary income tax increase on wealthy filers (Proposition 55); increase in the state tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack (Proposition 56) and recreational marijuana legalization (Proposition 64).

The school bond leads, but is garnering less than 50 percent of the vote. On Proposition 51, 46 percent of likely voters indicate they will support it, 41 percent would vote no and 12 percent are undecided.

Proposition 64, which has polled favorably in public surveys, has slipped some, but remains popular with voters, 55 percent to 38 percent. Just 6 percent are undecided about pot legalization.

Proposition 55 is favored, 59 percent to 31 percent, while Proposition 56 is ahead 56 percent to 38 percent.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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