California Lt. Gov. Newsom is a favorite to take Democrat Jerry Brown’s place as the 2018 gubernatorial race Democratic candidate, meaning a Bitcoin and technology friendly politician could lead a state that regularly votes Democratic.
Newsom currently leads others in the race, from both parties, with 23 percent of registered voters.
The poll was released late Monday in order to delineate how the future political contest may take shape. Mr. Newsom is ahead of two Democratic rivals already in the race, like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang.
The state’s primary system means the top two finishers will runoff regardless [...]