Shane Goldmacher is a former reporter for Capitol Weekly. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he served as editor of the Berkeley Political Review.

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  • 1A: 76.9-23.1
    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

    For complete election results click here.

    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

    For complete election results click here.

    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
    79: 38.9-61.1
    80: 34.3-65.7

    For complete election results click here.

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    Sunday, August 21, 2005

    Capitol Weekly "Poll" Gets Some Ink

    For our first issue of Capitol Weekly we did a "poll" of thirty statewide politial insiders to see who would be the toughest opponent for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger among the Democrats vying for his office (declared or not).

    The answers were all anonymous and the winner of the straw poll was State Controller Steve Westly--with 38 percent of the vote. Westly and State Treasurer Phil Angelides are the only two declared Democratic candidates, but Angelides is considered the clean front-runner, in part because he has raised more money, and in part because he has spent the better part of hte last two years preparing for the race.

    Desperate for some good news in a campaign where there has not been much, the Westly campaign quickly fired off a press release of the poll, including some of the "expert" quotes.

    The first one was:

    “Westly’s got a powerful general election message. He can say that he at first tried to work cooperatively with the governor. Angelides is a slimy developer…”

    The Angelides campaign is furious, demanding an apology and arguing that the Westly campaign went negative nearly 9 months before a single voter goes to the polls.

    The real issue though is that the fledgling Capitol Weekly is getting some press in the Los Angeles Times over the whole debacle.

    Comments on "Capitol Weekly "Poll" Gets Some Ink"


    Blogger Darryl said ... (2:00 PM) : 

    Ever since realizing the huge amount of support that Gephardt had for the 04 nomination among Democrats in DC, I've been somewhat skeptical of "insider" support as prophetic gospel.


    Blogger Shane Goldmacher said ... (10:09 AM) : 

    True. The experts are rarely as expert as they pretend to be.

    I am trying to make it a habit of quoting fewer outside experts and focusing more on the people truly involved in a story.


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