Steyer Polling at 1 Percent in Home State of California

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October 7, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer isn't seeing the love from his home state of California.

A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California showed the billionaire and political activist garnering only 1 percent support in the Golden State among the crowded presidential field.

The survey reached out to just over 1,700 adults in the state, taking place from Sept. 16-25.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and former vice president Joe Biden topped the list of contenders with 23 and 22 percent, respectively, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) was right behind them with 21 percent.

Former California attorney general and current senator Kamala Harris also didn't fare well in her home state, coming in fourth with just 8 percent of respondents saying they prefer her as the Democratic nominee.

At a rally in New York City last week, Steyer claimed to the audience he was polling well in the early presidential voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

"In the four early primary states, which is where we spend all our time and where I spend most of my time, this campaign is tied for fourth with Kamala Harris and [South Bend, Ind., mayor] Pete Buttigieg," he said.

A Fox News weekend poll appeared to validate the claim, showing Steyer tied with Harris for fourth in South Carolina. The poll, however, showed Biden dominating in the state and expanding on a lead he held from previous polling in July.

Over the weekend, the Steyer campaign announced the California billionaire would qualify for the November debate, having already cleared the benchmarks for the October round.

Since becoming a late entrant to the presidential race in July, Steyer has launched a massive online ad blitz, spending just over $7.5 million with Google and Facebook, according to

A request for comment to the Steyer campaign was not returned.

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