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Newsom in Dog Fight for Lt. Governor Seat



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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 18: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom comments on a drill where trained U.S. Navy seals apprehended suspected terrorist divers during the Golden Guardian statewide port security exercise May 18, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The Golden Guardian Statewide Exercise Series was started by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 and has become an annual statewide exercise series where law enforcement, emergency services and government agencies coordinate and hold drills to prepare for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Golden Guardian is the largest statewide exercise program of its kind in the country. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A new Field Poll shows the races for California attorney general and lieutenant governor are about even, with many voters still undecided.

    In the attorney general's race, the poll says Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, a Republican, has 35 percent support among likely voters. That compares to 31 percent for the Democrat, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

    The gap is within the poll's sampling error margin of 5.8 percentage points for likely voters.

    In the lieutenant governor's race, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and current Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado also are about even. Newsom, a Democrat, has about 39 percent support compared to 35 percent for Maldonado, a Republican.

    The poll was released Saturday and surveyed 599 likely voters by telephone in English and Spanish from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21.