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Tuesday, July 22, 2003


California Dreamin'

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, July 22, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In case you havent got the email from the campaign yet - Dean takes the lead in a California poll!

The poll, released today, showed Dean is the choice of 16 percent of likely Democratic voters in California, followed by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at 15 percent and Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., at 14 percent.

Because the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points, the three candidates are essentially tied, meaning the race for California's haul of convention delegates in the March 2 primary is still up in the air. One-third of respondents said they are undecided.
``The only explanation that I know of is that whole momentum we've sensed in Iowa and New Hampshire and other places we've been has actually found its way to California,'' said Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi.

here's the full breakdown:

Dean: 16 (7)
Kerry: 15 (16)
Lieberman: 14 (22)
Gephardt: 7 (14)
Edwards: 4
Graham: 3
Kucinich: 3
Sharpton: 3
Moseley-Braun: 2

The Yahoo/AP story also has some additional detail about the base of Dean's support:

The poll found Dean's support strongest among men, college graduates and people who call themselves "liberal." Kerry polled best among voters over age 50, college graduates and those living in the San Francisco Bay area.


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