In California's US Senate primary race, Facebook and other online activity suggest computer scientist David Levitt has taken a strong lead during the past week. Levitt's Facebook page has received thousands of Facebook "Likes" in the past few days, often several per minute, with activity far beyond the pages of any other candidate in the race. Each seeks to be the second winner alongside Senator Feinstein in the June 5th primary. The top two vote getters will appear on the ballot in the November general election, regardless of party.
With 24 candidates, no TV ads, and very few polls and reports to go on, Facebook activity and web searches are among the few ways to gauge progress in California's US Senate race this spring. A Public Policy Polling survey the week of April 1st showed Senator Feinstein with 51%, no one else with more than 2%, and 30% undecided. The report’s conclusion - Impossible to Know Who Will Face CA Senator Dianne Feinstein In November; None of Her 23 Primary Opponents Register on Radar - has never been updated with another poll.
At the time, Levitt and candidate Dianne Stewart were Feinstein’s unknown Democratic runners up, both scoring 1%. (The other Democrats scored 0%.) In the past week, Levitt has attracted thousands of new Facebook Fans or “Likes”, beyond any Democratic candidate.
Levitt also appears to be overtaking the best funded Republican candidates. By the weekend Levitt’s Facebook support had far exceeded Dan Hughes’ 1587 Likes and 298 visitors “talking about this”, the Facebook measure of online engagement.
Dr. David Levitt, the black computer scientist in California’s U.S. Senate race, has won endorsement from multiple organizations by advocating a swift exit from Afghanistan, an end to prohibition and the federal war on medical marijuana, and single-payer Medicare for All.
San Francisco, CA and Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Dr. David Levitt, running for U.S. Senate in California’s “top two” race alongside Senator Dianne Feinstein, has this week won endorsement from the Bernal Heights Democratic Club of San Francisco, the Latino Political Action Committee of Sonoma County and other organizations by advocating a swift exit from Afghanistan, an end to the federal war on medical marijuana, and single-payer Medicare for All. Dr. Levitt cites data that shows all those policies are popular with the vast majority of Americans.
Senator Feinstein did not win endorsement in any venue where Dr. Levitt participated.
Under new rules in the primary race on June 5th, a second-place win would put Levitt on the November ballot even though he and Feinstein are both Democrats – a windfall for the party.
The Levitt 2012 campaign is honored to have received the endorsement of the Latino Political Action Committee of Sonoma County.
LPACSC has offered to provide a wide range of help that will be valuable throughout the campaign.
This is the latest of several recent endorsements that include the Bernal Heights Democratic Club of San Francisco and Congressional Candidates for Peace 2012.
Below: some of Levitt's answers to the Latino PAC's questions - including how to pass a People's Budget, and how today's terror policies make us less safe.
An exclusive interview in San Diego's East County Magazine clarifies US Senate candidate David Levitt's position on Women's Rights and Personal Choices, Veterans, Jobs, National Security, and a technical rather than political approach to the Energy issues that San Diego is concerned about.
2012 will prove to be an interesting electoral cycle, perhaps one for the history books. With the Occupy Movement, the Coffee Party, the Tea Party and now Be Your Government (http://beyourgovernment.org/) we are seeing a rise in a challenge to the Beltway Establishment.
On Personal Choice:
“Americans' decisions concerning family planning, birth, life, and end of life are their own decisions, not the government's.”
We welcome your reactions to Dr. Levitt's first Senate Campaign print interview.