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Poll: GOP Candidate Eric Early Beats Out Potential Democrat Replacements for Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Red State ^ | 05/25/2023 | Jennifer Oliver O'Connell

Posted on 05/25/2023 9:14:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A Berkeley IGS poll is showing some surprising strength for the Republican candidate running for California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat. If offered a head-to-head matchup between attorney Eric Early and the currently declared candidates: Rep. Katie Porter (D-Orange County), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Early comes out on top.

Porter, Schiff, and Lee’s campaigns are passing out the smelling salts.

Eric Early is currently polling at 18% when listed as the only Republican, but it is nearly certain that the top two will have a busload of randos slicing away at the GOP total, and since the start of the top two era, no Republican has broken 15% in a #CASen primary.

— Rob Pyers (@rpyers) May 25, 2023

The poll covered voters’ views on Sen. Feinstein’s health problems and whether she should remain in the Senate.

From the Berkeley IGS poll director, Mark DiCamillo’s overview:

The latest statewide Berkeley IGS Poll completed this week asked California voters for their opinions about the state’s senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who only last week returned to the Senate after an extended absence due to a health setback from complications related to shingles. The Senator had previously announced that she would not seek re-election in 2024, but also said she intends to serve out the rest of her term through the end of next year.

As RedState has reported, Feinstein is truly not doing well, and key Democrats, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, are demanding she resign before she finishes her term. My colleague Sister Toldjah wrote:

We have been reliably informed going back decades about how Democrats are allegedly the party of “compassion.” But on the issue of Dianne Feinstein’s future in the U.S. Senate, we’ve seen a whole lot of masks slipping, which in the process has revealed a level of ugliness rarely put on such obvious display by Democrat “leaders.”

When last we left you with Feinstein, the Democrat/media conundrum over her situation was taking an unseemly turn, with the additional, previously unknown “medical complications” she faced during her prolonged shingles bout taking center stage in a way the press has in the past been very reluctant to do with Democrats.

As I noted at the time, though concerning information about an elected official’s health is something voters deserve to know about, my issue with the piece was in the timing, because it came at an awfully convenient time for the contingent of Democrats and media types – including the Times – who want Feinstein to resign now so someone more “woke” can be installed in her place.

Newsom is salivating like a rabid dog to appoint another Senator, with the guarantee that once incumbency is established, it’s pretty much inevitable that they will never be voted out (he’s not wrong). His latest float: California’s own Dalai Lama, Oprah, because, why not?

But according to the poll, Californians are also very concerned about Feinstein’s current health situation, viewing it as “increasingly problematic.”

Two-thirds of the registered voters polled (67%) agreed with the statement, “Feinstein’s latest illness underlines the fact that she is no longer fit to continue serving in the U.S. Senate.” Agreement extends to voters of all political stripes. Voters are less one-sided when asked what the best resolution would be for Feinstein. The largest proportion (42%) believes it would be best for Feinstein to resign from the Senate and allow Governor Gavin Newsom to appoint a successor, while 27% favor her continuing to serve and end her long Senate career on her own terms. But many voters (31%) are undecided or are choosing to withhold judgement.

Significantly, support for Feinstein’s resignation and the appointment of a replacement by the Governor is greatest among fellow Democrats and liberals, who favor that outcome greater than two to one. By contrast, more Republicans and strong conservatives oppose than support her resignation ostensibly because it would enable Newsom to appoint her successor.

Shorter: They don’t think their opinion will matter, because if Feinstein resigns, Newsom’s gonna Newsom (they’re not wrong).

But a surprise outlier found in this poll is probably putting chills up Democrat spines.

In addition, the poll finds Feinstein’s overall standing with voters continuing to decline. Just 29% of the state’s voters now view the Senator favorably, down 8 percentage points from February and nearly 20 points lower than when she ran for re-election in 2018.The poll also asked likely voters in next year’s March 2024 primary election their voting preferences for U.S. Senate, and the results indicate that the race remains a wide-open affair.

Bunched closely together atop the field are the only major Republican to have entered the race, attorney Eric Early, with 18%, Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter at 17% and Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff at 14%. Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee trails at 9%. But a huge 32% remain undecided in the race, while another 10% say they would support “someone else.”

It’s a one-point difference, and Porter is shiftier than Adam Schiff, but the fact that Early is leading at all should give people pause, and should get the California GOP off their asses, particularly since 32 percent of those polled are essentially undecided.

Although Democratic voters outnumber Republicans nearly two to one in California, Early’s relatively strong standing in the poll is due to his being the top choice of large proportions of Republican and conservative voters, while the state’s much larger pool of Democratic voters are dividing their support among the three major Democratic contenders.

Here is where canvassing, knocking doors, and the art of policy persuasion can make a huge difference between just being in the race and actually winning the race. Remember, California’s primary is “top two,” so the top two candidates move to the general ballot, no matter the party affiliation. With three Democrats splitting that vote, it’s Early’s race to lose. If Early is smart, he’ll take advantage of this and do the work to win those undecideds over.

🚨 🚨 BREAKING: We’re beating lying liar Adam Schiff in this latest statewide poll.

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— 𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗖 𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗟𝗬 (@EricEarly_CA) May 25, 2023

Porter and Schiff are no doubt spitting nails, whether they have to face an election or an appointment. Schiff has done enough damage in Congress and desperately wants to become a Senator, so he can do more. If Newsom is given the opportunity to appoint Feinstein’s successor, he knows it won’t be him. Same with Porter, who has milked her single-mom, fight the power schtick beyond its sell-by date. Newsom is intent on playing the diversity card, and white, effeminate, and female no longer make that cut. Perhaps Schiff and Porter should consider becoming transgender. There’s a frightening thought.

Lee, who is Black, is at the bottom of this pack in an electoral matchup, barely trailing at two percent. Newsom loves the bright, shiny object of celebrity, along with the diversity. He also needs to make amends for his moonwalk on reparations, so if he is truly considering Oprah, and Oprah wants it, you know that’s a done deal—bye, bye, Barbara.

Democrats may also be playing with fire by pushing Feinstein over the proverbial cliff. While she is an inconsistent vote, she’s a guaranteed vote for their agenda. Bringing in an appointed Senator at this point, while they would be a consistent vote, is no guarantee that they would vote in the direction Schumer and the other Democrat senators want. See, Arizona, Sinema, Kyrsten.

Any way you slice it, Democrats are on the ropes and rending their garments. That alone is worth the popcorn.

TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: california; diannefeinstein; ericearly; senate

1 posted on 05/25/2023 9:14:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Trash poll. Repukes aren’t taking CA

2 posted on 05/25/2023 9:22:34 PM PDT by wiseprince (Me,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good luck. Watch for landslides or errant drivers or bad sushi. THEY will stop at nothing.

3 posted on 05/25/2023 9:22:39 PM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this💩? 🚫💉)
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To: SeekAndFind

How do they factor in the cheating?

4 posted on 05/25/2023 9:31:21 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Stosh

RE: How do they factor in the cheating?

THAT my friend is the FLAW in all these polls. They assume that every election would proceed as they have BEFORE the 2020 elections.

2020 and 2022 have already shown us that this is not so.

5 posted on 05/25/2023 9:36:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Taht would be quite a stunner. I’m not buying these numbers.

6 posted on 05/25/2023 9:42:53 PM PDT by TBP (Decent people cannot fathom the amoral cruelty of the Biden regime.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The birthplace of ballot harvesting says ‘nyet’.
We should still try, but it is beyond a case of winning hearts and minds. We still need to overcome massive systemic voter fraud.
7 posted on 05/25/2023 9:55:14 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: wiseprince

Garbage poll.

8 posted on 05/25/2023 10:01:42 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: El Cid

Yep, California gave us Reagan and after that the Dems changed the rules to allow vote by mail.

Ever since then CA has elected nothing but leftists, with no reflection of the true will of the people.

9 posted on 05/25/2023 10:07:30 PM PDT by Renfrew (Muscovia delenda est)
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To: wiseprince

It’s probably accurate - he’s at 18% in the poll. 18% sounds about right. Making an article acting like that indicates positive news for Republicans is obviously bogus. The only thing that could possibly result in good news for Republicans is if another Republican also shows strength and there are so many Democrats that the two Republicans somehow place first and second with very low percentages. That is the only, very unlikely, scenario that a Republican could take this seat.

10 posted on 05/25/2023 10:12:39 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Renfrew

Wrong b4 2020 the only mail in voting was absentee ballots or early voting(should not be able to do that)

11 posted on 05/25/2023 10:41:54 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: markman46

Nonsense. A majority of California ballots arrived by mail starting in the 1990s. The same moment it’s votes began to always go for the Dems.

12 posted on 05/25/2023 10:47:33 PM PDT by Renfrew (Muscovia delenda est)
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To: Republican Wildcat

The near universal theme in the responses to this thread are, the democrats cheat and Republicans have no chance, which is likely true.

Has anyone ever thought of this angle, this poll is designed to make Republican voters really think they have a chance, if only voters would send them a few extra dollars

If polls like this continue and you hear the Republican candidate start saying, look at the polls, I have a chance but I need money to compete, then hold on to your wallet, you’re getting played

13 posted on 05/25/2023 11:04:09 PM PDT by srmanuel
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To: wiseprince

This poll does not account for election fraud.

14 posted on 05/26/2023 3:05:55 AM PDT by joma89 (Buy weapons and ammo, folks, and have the will to use them.)
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To: wiseprince

More proof polling data is junk. They are pilling to make the story not gauge who might win

15 posted on 05/26/2023 4:53:05 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Renfrew

Dude, CA turned blue back in the 90s when they let massive waves of illegals in. And there’s no going back. So, while I appreciate Desantis shipping illegals to blue cities, all he is doing is helping turn the rest of america into CA by pushing these invaders further into the interior of America.

16 posted on 05/26/2023 4:53:19 AM PDT by imabadboy99
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To: SeekAndFind

This is silly. The general will be a two-Democrat contest between (by then) incumbent US Senator Malia Cohen (appointed by Newsom after Feinstein’s resignation or death) and (by then) former HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Cohen wins by 20 points or more.

17 posted on 05/26/2023 5:09:43 AM PDT by only1percent
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To: wiseprince

CA went to all mail-in for a reason...

18 posted on 05/26/2023 5:10:20 AM PDT by mewzilla (We will never restore the republic if we don't first secure the ballot box.)
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To: imabadboy99
If CA's so reliably blue, why does Deep State need to steal its elections, hmmm?

On that note, from another allegedly blue state...

Catastrophic “Loss of Control” Data Breach in NY Elections

See where I'm going with this...?

19 posted on 05/26/2023 5:12:23 AM PDT by mewzilla (We will never restore the republic if we don't first secure the ballot box.)
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