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For Immediate release
October 25, 2018

Contact: Jacobson & Zilber Strategies





Despite Eleni Kounalakis’ Attempts to Buy Election, FM3 Research Poll Shows Working Families’ Candidate Ed Hernandez Has Tied the Race

LOS ANGELES, CA — A 1,000 person survey, which was conducted by the widely respected polling firm, FM3 Research, revealed a dead heat in the race for California Lieutenant Governor, between State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez and Eleni Kounalakis.

In the field October 21-24, the poll shows that among those who already cast ballots, Kounalakis stands at 33% to Senator Hernandez’ 31%. Despite Kounalakis outspending Hernandez four-to-one, overall the total vote has the candidates in a razor-thin, dead heat, nail-biter of a race, with Kounalakis at 31% to Senator Hernandez’ 27%. Underscoring that this race is a toss-up is the fact that the poll shows a whopping 42% of voters as being undecided.

Today’s news comes on the heels of several prestigious endorsements Senator Hernandez has earned, including from the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco ChronicleLa Opinión, and the Marin Independent Journal.

To view the Hernandez campaign’s general election TV ad titled “Choice,” click here or on the screen below:

Recently Senator Hernandez was endorsed by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicletwo of the state’s most prestigious and powerful newspapers. 

The Los Angeles Times praised the Senator’s record, stating, “Hernandez has been a legislator of substance and persistence who’s taken on powerful special interests. Plus, he knows his way around state agencies and the Legislature, making him better prepared to step into the governor’s office in a crisis.”

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Hernandez was elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, having been re-elected in each. His work in the State Capitol has given him a voting and fundraising record for voters… but it also has provided him with accomplishments to cite and relationships to help advance his objectives as lieutenant governor. His successes included his role in legislation to increase the smoking age to 21 and to impose new transparency rules on drug prices.”

La Opinion, Los Angeles’ premier Spanish language newspaper wrote, “El senador estatal Ed Hernández tiene un entusiasmo y una pasión especial para este cargo. Posee una visión mucho más amplia que la de solo reemplazar al gobernador en caso de emergencia. Lo ve como una tribuna en donde puede hablar de diversos temas.”

To view Senator Hernandez’s primary election television commercial, titled “Vision of Progress,” which highlights his legislative accomplishments ranging from environmental protection laws to advancing healthcare for all and cracking down on the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs click here or on the screen below. 

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

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