California’s primary election is next Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Voters all across the state will decide on presidential candidates and among seven propositions.
Temple City citizens registered to vote as Democrats or Decline to State voters can choose one candidate in the Democratic field. Those still in the race include New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.
On the Republican field, Temple City Republicans will decide among Arizona Senator John McCain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Congressman Ron Paul.
A NBC News and Wall Street Journal national poll taken from January 20-22, 2008 shows the former first lady, Hillary Clinton, maintaining a national front-runner status at 47%. Barack Obama comes in second with 32%, Edwards follows in third place with 12%. Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who pulled out last week, came in at 3%. 5% of Democratic or Democratic primary voters remained undecided. The poll had a 3.1% margin of error.
Senator Barack Obama may gain a boost following his victory over Hillary Clinton on Saturday, January 29 in the South Carolina Democratic primary. The poll was taken prior to the primary.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, John McCain is the national front-runner for the Republicans in the NBC News and Wall Street Journal. McCain leads Mike Huckabee, 29 to 23 points. Romney places third at 20%, Giuliani follows at 15%. Congressman Paul is in last place with 4%. 8% of Republican or Republican primary voters remain undecided. The poll had a 3.1% margin of error.
Seven state measures are also on the ballot.
Proposition 91 involves transportation funds; however, proponents of the measure have rallied against the measure because most provisions of this proposition are already state law.
Proposition 92 asks voters to approve separate funding for community colleges. It would also lower the college fees per unit from $20 to $15.
Proposition 93 would alter existing term limits laws for state legislators. If passed, the law would lower the number of years a states legislator serves from 14 years to 12 years. Legislators would be allowed to serve all 12 years in one house. Current law permits legislators to serve six years in the state Assembly and eight years in the state Senate.
A Field poll released last Thursday shows voters evenly divided on Prop. 93. The poll taken from January 14 through January 20 shows 39% in favor, 39% in opposition, and 22% undecided. There was a 3.4% margin of error.
The last four state measures, Propositions 94 – 94, are referenda on the Indian Gaming agreements approved by the state legislature and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The last day to have registered to vote for the primary election was Tuesday, January 22.
Voters may still register to vote for the June primary election.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on January 30, 2008.