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Beto hasn’t captured Californians + Who cares about Biden’s ‘tactile embrace’

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Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 presidential bid in Oakland on Jan. 27, 2019.
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Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 presidential bid in Oakland on Jan. 27, 2019.
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California Democrats like Sen. Kamala Harris, but they still prefer Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

Among Democrats or likely Democrats, 26 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Biden if the primary were held today, while Sanders polled at 18 percent and Harris received 17 percent. Of the 18 candidates running for office, Harris performed best among those who identified as “very liberal.”

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren placed fourth among California Democrats at 7 percent, with former Texas conngressman Beto O’Rourke trailing with 4 percent of support.

Central to many campaigns is the issue of health care. Two-thirds of Democrats said they support removing the current health care system and replacing it with a single payer system, while 71 percent of Republicans said doing so would be a bad idea. Independents were split on the issue with 44 percent opposing a single payer system and 42 percent supporting it.

One issue Californians do not seem to care about is accusations that Biden violated women’s personal spaces and made them uncomfortable. A majority of respondents across all political spectrums, including 71 percent of Democrats, said the allegations are not a serious issue to them.

“California voters are clearly unconcerned about former Vice President Joe Biden’s tactile embrace of supporters,” said a statement from Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,005 California voters with a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. The margin of error among the 482 Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents was 5.9 percentage points. Live interviewers called both landlines and cell phones.


The First Partner is making a trip to the Capitol on Wednesday, discussing threats she sees to women’s reproductive rights. Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Leana Wen will hold the conversation on the south lawn of the Capitol in Sacramento at 11 a.m. More than 700 Planned Parenthood advocates are expected to attend.


Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is scheduled to make an appearance at Sacramento State’s first-ever “Climate Change Summit.” He’ll speak at Hinde Auditorium for an hour starting at 9:30 a.m. about ongoing threats to the environment.


Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa


Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (@AsmShirleyWeber) — “#AB392 was passed 5-2 from the Assembly Public Safety. Thanks to the witnesses, the committee and the community for getting us past the huge milestone. But we still have so much to do. Pause for today, but back to work tomorrow!”