Fans of two of California’s five MLB teams are rooting for Steve Garvey. Which?

SANTA MONICA, CA – OCTOBER 9, 2023 – Former Los Angeles Dodgers MVP Steve Garvey is running as a Republican for California’s open U.S. Senate seat. He was photographed in Santa Monica on October 9, 2023. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Fans of two of California’s five MLB teams are rooting for Steve Garvey. Which?

California Politics, 2024 Elections

Bill Shaikin

February 2, 2024

Steve Garvey isn’t shy about leaning into his baseball stardom as he runs for the U.S. Senate. Garvey has been officially enshrined as a “Legend of Dodger Baseball” and had his uniform number retired by the San Diego Padres, but he only threw his hat into the campaign ring after believing he could win statewide support.

“A Giants fan came up to me,” he told The Times last October, “and said, ‘Garvey, I hate the Dodgers, but I’ll vote for you.’ “

The primaries will start in a month, with the top two winners advancing to the November finals. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is favored by 25% of likely voters, with Garvey and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) each tied for 15% and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) fourth with 7%. according to a poll released Thursday by USC, Long Beach State,

Cal State Long Beach,

and Cal Poly Pomona.

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The poll asked likely voters to identify their favorite California baseball team and then broke down voting preferences accordingly. Garvey is running as a Republican in a predominantly Democratic state. The counties where California’s five major league teams are located all have more registered Democrats than Republicans, more so in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Alameda counties; less so in Orange and San Diego counties, the secretary of state said.

That said, who do your team’s fans prefer?

Dodgers: Schiff 29%, Garvey 16%, Porter 15%, Lee 3%

Angels: Garvey 25%, Porter 22%, Schiff 15%, Lee 2%

Padres: Garvey 26%, Lee 15%, Schiff 15%, Porter 10%

Giants: Schiff 33%, Garvey 15%, Porter 14%, Lee 11%

A’s: Schiff 22%, Porter 18%, Garvey 13%, Lee 11%


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