Hasta la vista, Arnold

Schwarzenegger terms out and new (and old) faces look to take his place

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the cusp of his last year in office, and Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates are already making their cases for the position. With the primaries still eight months away, there is still a lot that can happen—such as former President Bill Clinton’s recent endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom—but that doesn’t stop pollsters (most recently DailyKos/Research 2000 on Aug. 9, 2009) from asking us where our allegiances lie. The numbers below do not include popular potential Democratic candidates U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, or account for the impact of the revelation that Republican candidate Meg Whitman failed to vote for more than 20 years.

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2010 primary projections Percent Democrats CA Attorney General Jerry Brown 29 S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom 20 Undecided 51   Republicans   Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman 24 Former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell 19 CA Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner 9 Undecided 48