Schiff Learns Who He Will Face in Battle for Senate Seat

( – A University of California poll conducted ahead of the March 5 primary election for one of California’s seats in the US Senate found that Republican political newcomer Steve Garvey is narrowly beating Democratic establishment candidate Adam Schiff. Garvey, a former Major League Baseball player, holds 27% support in the state, compared to Schiff’s 25% support, the poll revealed.

The poll surveyed thousands of potential voters in California from February 22-27, ahead of an all-party primary election in the state on March 5. The top two candidates in the primary will move on to compete for the Senate seat on the ballot in November.

Garvey and Schiff are vying for the seat once held by the late Dianne Feinstein. Democrat Laphonza Butler took over the seat but is not running to keep it.

Although Garvey appears to be Schiff’s main rival for the Senate seat, the Democratic congressman reportedly boosted his challenger’s campaign by framing the election as a showdown between the two. It may be easier for Schiff to beat a Republican head-to-head in California than it would be to run against a fellow Democrat.

The poll found that Schiff leads Garvey 53% to 38% in a two-way race, whereas Schiff is tied with Democratic congresswoman Katie Porter in a head-to-head matchup. Republicans have not won a US Senate seat in California since 1988.

The March 5 primary election for the Senate seat coincides with California’s presidential primary races, which are part of the so-called “Super Tuesday” in the United States. The University of California poll also found that former US President Donald Trump is leading among Republican voters in the state.

According to the poll, three-quarters of California Republicans (75%) intend to support Trump over former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. However, 63% of Californians overall have an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

The poll found that 49% of Californians also view US President Joe Biden unfavorably. This figure is up from 32% at the start of Biden’s term in January 2021.

Both Schiff and Garvey secured victory in their primaries on Super Tuesday, setting up a showdown for the Senate seat in November.

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