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Hillary Clinton slips; still choice of California Democrats

Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, campaigns with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in San Francisco this month. California Democrats continue to support Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly for president, but she has slipped in recent months, according to a new Field Poll.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, campaigns with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in San Francisco this month. California Democrats continue to support Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly for president, but she has slipped in recent months, according to a new Field Poll. The Associated Press

California Democrats continue to support Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly for president, but she has slipped in recent months, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll, released Friday, comes after controversy surrounding the former secretary of state’s use of personal email and amid questions about the identity of donors to the Clinton Foundation. Fifty-three percent of likely Democratic voters in California support Clinton, down from 59 percent in February.

On the Republican side, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker lead a crowded field.

From the pollster:

▪ “The last couple months haven’t been that kind to (Clinton), but still she’s above 50 percent. It’s not a wholesale retreat from Hillary.”

▪ “This is an unusual Republican primary for president. Usually the establishment candidate is known and is the odds-on favorite ... If there’s an establishment candidate, it might be Bush, but he’s certainly not the anointed one that you saw in previous Republican primaries.”

– Mark DiCamillo, director, The Field Poll

From the field:

▪ “I don’t feel that our votes are very important in California, because we always go Democratic anyway as a state.”

“I just hope (Clinton) can get the votes in all the other states ... I think in California she’s a no-brainer, but I don’t know how the rest of the voters in the country are going to go.”

– Diana Howard, a 29-year-old Democrat from Davis.

▪ “I’m not familiar with all of them (Republican candidates) yet.”

“I’m hoping for the strongest candidate, and we don’t want Hillary in there. She’s a hysterical idiot as far as I’m concerned.”

– Dorothy Breneman, a 77-year-old Republican from Modesto

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