Herschensohn Narrows Boxer’s Lead to 5 Points in L.A. Times Poll
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Republican Bruce Herschensohn has slashed Democrat Barbara Boxer’s once- lopsided lead in their U.S. Senate race to just 5 points among likely voters, a Los Angeles Times poll showed Sunday.
The poll found Boxer, a five-term congresswoman, leading Herschensohn 49 percent to 44 percent among residents likely to vote and 50 percent to 41 percent among registered voters.
Herschensohn, a former Los Angeles television commentator, trailed Boxer by 19 points in a Times poll conducted in mid-September.
The poll found that while Boxer has lost little support overall, Herschensohn has made strides with people age 65 and over, independents, Republicans, and so-called Reagan Democrats.
In California’s other U.S. Senate race, Democrat Dianne Feinstein maintains a comfortable lead over Republican Sen. John Seymour. Among likely voters, Feinstein had the support of 54 percent and Seymour of 40 percent. Among registered voters, 56 percent favored Feinstein and 37 percent preferred Seymour.
Seymour is trying to keep the remaining years of a Senate seat he was appointed to when Pete Wilson vacated it to become governor. Boxer and Herschensohn are running to succeed retiring Sen. Alan Cranston.
The poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 20-23. The newspaper interviewed 1,110 registered voters, 833 of whom said they were likely to vote. The margin of error for registered voters was 3 percentage points and for likely voters 4 percentage points.