California wild card: Republican pulls ahead of big-name Democrat in high-stakes Senate race

Former baseball star Steve Garvey is gaining traction in California’s Senate race, surpassing a prominent House Democrat in recent polling. 

A new Emerson College Polling-Inside California Politics poll released Thursday found that 18% of voters support Garvey, while 13% support Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA). Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is the clear front-runner for the California Senate seat that was held by former Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Another prominent Democrat, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), is lagging behind the top three contenders in single digits, sitting at 8%. 

“Everywhere we go, the excitement for Steve Garvey is palpable,” Garvey campaign spokesman Matt Shupe said in a statement. “As Californians reconnect with Steve Garvey and embrace his message of compassionate, commonsense solutions for the everyday issues they face, coupled with his commitment to building political consensus, we
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