Politico.com is reporting details of a poll commissioned by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, in congressional District 10, which shows her narrowly beating state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. (Click here to read the poll memo.)
I wonder if this poll has anything to do with the timing of today’s endorsement of DeSaulnier by Reps. Ellen Tauscher and George Miller? Tauscher has accepted an undersecretary post in the U.S. State Department but she will likely remain in office for months as she winds through the lengthy U.S. Senate confirmation process.
The poll also mentions as potential GOP candidates San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, who was Buchanan’s Assembly opponent, and former Assemblyman Guy Houston, who unsuccessfully sought a county supervisor race. Neither man has yet publicly expressed interest in the seat.
Click here for the full Politico.com posting but here’s a snippet:
State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan commissioned a poll showing her narrowly leading DeSaulnier in a crowded election field that includes two unannounced Republican candidates.
The poll shows Buchanan leading DeSaulnier 21 to 18 percent, with Republican San Ramon mayor Abram Wilson at 14 percent and former GOP Assemblyman Guy Houston at 13 percent.
Neither Republican has yet expressed interest in the race.
Despite DeSaulnier’s experience representing the area in the state legislature, both Democrats have comparable name recognition, according to the poll. Buchanan is recognized by 34 percent of voters, while 31 percent offer an opinion on DeSaulnier.
Buchanan defeated Wilson to win her Assembly seat last year; she had previously served for two decades on the San Ramon Valley School Board. If she jumped in the race, she would likely receive support and funding from EMILY’s List, which backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.
The poll, commissioned by the Democratic firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates, was conducted between March 22-23. It surveyed 400 likely district-wide voters, and has a 4.9 percent margin of error.