SD9 candidate Nancy Skinner says she’s the
candidate to beat.
STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Nancy Skinner’s campaign is declaring she is the clear favorite in next year’s highly-anticipated East Bay Ninth State Senate District race.
The press release Thursday references a poll, first reported in the East Bay Citizen two weeks ago, showing Skinner leading her opponents.
The survey showed Skinner with 30 percent, followed by Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan at 18 percent and former Assemblymember Sandre Swanson with 15 percent. San Pablo Councilmember Rich Kinney, a Republican, registered 8 percent.
The poll, however, is believed to be months old. In addition, Chan dropped out of the senate race in October and does not include another Democrat, education activist Katherine Welch, the daughter of former General Electric chairman Jack Welch, who entered the race in September.
Swanson, though, is widely viewed as Skinner’s strongest competitor and has gathered the most impressive set of big-name endorsements, including Rep. Barbara Lee, State Sen. Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Rob Bonta. The sentiment is bolstered in Skinner’s release, which boasts a 2-to-1 advantage in the poll and an 18-to-1 head start in available cash on hand.
Skinner reported more than $925,000 in campaign reserves through the mid-year period, while Swanson showed just over $80,000.