What to make of some of the findings in the most recent Public Policy Institute of California poll? In a state in which Governor Jerry Brown has positive poll numbers and Independent voters historically lean Democratic, why are the Independents barely breaking for Brown over Republican Neel Kashkari?
Brown leads Kashkari 44% to 40%, while 13% said they didn’t know whom they would vote for? The four-point edge for Brown is within the poll’s margin of error. Is Brown’s strength not as great as most observers believe?
Clearly, Latinos are the big difference in the governor’s race. In fact, Kashkari actually has a one-point edge over Brown amongst white voters. Latinos support Brown 73% to 19%. If Republicans need another reminder that they have to make inroads with the Latino electorate, there it is.