After three years and a continuous catastrophic rise in most every category of crime, a recent poll in the LA DA race reveals staggering numbers for District Attorney George Gascon.
The poll of 1942 likely voters, paid for by LA DA candidate Nathan Hochman, revealed two important facts regarding the high-profile race to become District Attorney for the largest county in the U.S.:
- Gascon is historically unpopular, and that his numbers are worse than Soros-backed Chesa Boudin who was successfully recalled by San Francisco voters in June 2022.
- At this stage of the race, there are at least 4 candidates with a credible chance of making it to the runoff.
Out of 1942 voters asked who they would vote for in the March 2024 primary election, the likely voters responded: Gascon 18%, Hochman 12%, Hatami 8%, Ramirez 6%, Chemerinsky 6%, McKinney 3%, Archuletta 1%, Mitchell 1%, Milton 0% and Siddall 0%.
A whopping 55% were undecided.
The embattled DA announced his bid for re-election October 14th and included in the newsletter launch to his supporters, he highlighted a primary focus of his campaign would be to “hold law enforcement accountable”. Nowhere in his campaign literature was his plan to hold criminals accountable.
A few weeks after making his announcement, Gascon failed to secure the San Pedro Democratic Club endorsement with only 36% of the vote. What is important to note is not only did the club realize the mistake they made by endorsing Gascon in 2020 and chose not to repeat it, Hatami, who came in at 28%, is a pro law and order candidate indicating a change in priority for many voting members.
FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT?
To date, Gascon has only attended one out of three debates. The two he skipped, not surprisingly, were pro law enforcement.
At the Santa Monica Democratic Club forum, where Gascon made his first appearance, right out of the gate, veteran Deputy DA Hatami challenged Gascon with the current statistics, all memorized, on the meteoric rise in crime since he took office.
Gascon barked backed in response “It almost seems like were at a Republican debate”. The irony of which since Gascon himself was a Republican for 40 years switching parties in 2010.
It was clear Gascon was not willing to take responsibility for the complete collapse of public safety under his watch, calling it “fake news” attempting to gaslight his opponents who highlighted his failures.
Nearly all of the LA DA candidates who participated in the debate pointed out that Gascon’s pro-criminal directives and zero-cash bail have amounted to an extremely unsafe conditions for the citizens of LA County.
Gascon stood strong maintaining that violent crime is slightly down in the last year, 2%, to which candidate Debra Archuleta argued there are “over 13000 cases sitting on his desk that have not yet been filed” which could clearly impact that one statistic Gascon was grasping tightly in his favor.
Observation of the audience’s reaction to the candidates interactions which each other and Gascon showed the majority of support for Hatami and Siddall who appeared to be the front-runners of the Santa Monica Democratic Club’s debate.
A noticeably different crowd from those who supported Gascon in 2020.
Since taking office, Gascon has faced two voter-lead recalls and an unprecedented 35 cities have voted “No Confidence” in the DA. In April, a poll taken by UCLA found that just 27% of LA County residents viewed Gascon favorably, and 40% viewed him unfavorably.
On December 14th, the California Secretary of State announced the Randomized Alphabet Drawing for the March 5th, 2024 Ballot.
In an extraordinary stroke of luck (or not), the letter G was randomly picked for the #1 spot.
According to the results, the March 2024 ballot will read as follows:
Shortly before the Secretary of State’s announcement, on December 12th, the LA Democrat Party doubled down despite dismal polling numbers, endorsing George Gascon for re-election.
However, outspoken democratic strategist Michael Trujillo came out with his own prediction regarding the high-profile race – and surprisingly, it was not in favor of his party’s choice:
“Not sure who our next DA will be, but it will NOT be Gascon.” Trujillo posted on X December 15th. “Like (former Sheriff) Alex Villanueva he may make the run-off, but whoever makes it against him will be our next District Attorney. I mean, during the 2022 cycle, we had to hide anyone he endorsed. LA is reverting back to normal and boring.”
An interesting observation – and revelation.
After three years of LA County spiraling into the depths of public safety hell at the hands of George Gascon, thankfully, the polls are predicting law and order will be the new “normal and boring”.