Primary Election a Nail Biter

A survey of 1,037 Long Beach voters indicates that the races for mayor, auditor and city attorney “are statistically tied or have very small leads,” according to a May 27 news release from The Long Beach Center for Urban Politics and Policy at California State University, Long Beach. The poll was a collaboration between faculty and students at CSU Long Beach and the University of Southern California and was conducted between May 19 and May 25.

In the race for city prosecutor, incumbent Doug Haubert maintains a sizable lead outside the study’s 3.04% margin of error. The Beachcomber supports his re-election.

  • 19.5% Doug Haubert
  • 9.4% George Moyer
  • 5.6% Nicholas Liddi
  • 65.5% Don’t know

“Many voters have yet to make up their minds in many of the elections for city office, even for mayor,” the release stated.

“In the open seat for mayor, Suzie Price and Rex Richardson lead the pack. They are statistically tied. Other candidates are polling in the single digits, though support for the other candidates may be sufficient to send Price and Richardson to a November runoff if no one is able to garner 50%.”

  • 23.4% Rex Richardson
  • 22.5% Suzie Price
  • 2.5% Franklin Sims
  • 0.4% Deb Mozer
  • 3.6% J. Raul Cedillo
  • 2.5% Joshua Rodriguez
  • 45.0% Don’t know

“Gerrie Schipske has a small lead in the race for city attorney, and Laura Doud also has a narrow lead in the race for city auditor. However, their leads are within the margin of error, meaning these elections are effectively tied,” according to the study. The Beachcomber supports Gerrie Schipske for city attorney and Dan Miles in the race for city auditor.

  • 24.4% Gerrie Schipske
  • 19.2% Dawn McIntosh
  • 56.4% Don’t know
  • 21.5% Laura Doud
  • 18.8% Daniel Miles
  • 59.7% Don’t know

The poll revealed that Long Beach voters are split as to the direction of the city. “About one-third of voters think the city is going in the right direction and about one-third of voters think the city is going in the wrong direction. The rest of the voters thought the city is neither going in the right direction or the wrong direction.”

  • 31.6% Right direction
  • 33.4% Wrong direction
  • 35.0% Neither the right nor the wrong direction

On the state level, “More Long Beach voters think California is going in the wrong direction than in the right direction, though voters are fairly split on this as well. However, voters perceive that the state is going in the wrong direction at a higher rate than voters perceive the city is going in the wrong direction,” according to the study.

  • 36.7% Right direction
  • 40.9% Wrong direction
  • 22.4% Neither the right nor the wrong direction


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