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Second, I wanted to give you an update on a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). We were not included in it since I was only 2 weeks in, but we are meeting with them in a week and a half as part of their candidate process.
However, there are a number of takeaways I want to share:
1) People are looking for alternative options. Only 55% of voters are satisfied with the existing candidate pool. There are nearly twice as many undecided voters as there are people voting for the current second place candidate (24% vs. 14%).
2) The second place race has become an open question, with no one consistently breaking through. In fact, a number of candidates vying for second place actually lost some ground in the last poll.
3) There are several candidates who have been running for a long time, spending a lot of money, and have vote totals that continue to lag in the single digits. Breaking through is tough, but especially tougher when the major issues of our time have been left out of the discussion.
This leads me to our campaign.
As you know, we have been moving the discussion from the start by an unconventional timeline and unconventional candidacy (FYI – I was recently called the anti-trump candidate, the first woman of color candidate, the next gen candidate, the “brazen” candidate, the list goes on).
But, most importantly, we are earning attention by talking about the issues people care about at this moment in our history. As a woman, #MeToo survivor, and daughter of former farm workers, I can’t help but talk about the most high profile issues of the 2018 election cycle. We’ve just witnessed the largest protests in US history over women’s empowerment and sexual misconduct. But, these issues were barely even discussed until I entered this race. Further, this poll indicates that immigration is one of the top issues for voters. Again, my background, as the daughter of former farmworkers and an immigrant father from Mexico, puts me squarely in the middle of the discussion (and again, also anti-trump).
Now, back to work, and just a little reminder of all that has already defied the odds this cycle:
– Less funded women candidates unseated 11 Republican incumbents in Virginia.
– A Dem won a US Senate seat in Alabama due to voter reactions to sexual misconduct.
– Texas is about to send its first few Latinas to Congress even though they were outspent.
Thank you for supporting our campaign,
|Renteria for Governor|
Renteria for Governor, FPPC #1402592
PO Box 2361
Menlo Park CA 94206 United States