Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger are in a tight race to succeed Gray Davis if voters decide to oust the Democratic governor in the October 7th recall election. Bustamante has the support of 25 percent of the likely voters questioned in a Field Poll out today. Schwarzenegger has the backing of 22 percent.
Six other candidates on the crowded recall ballot have only single digit support. But those figures could change. Forty-four percent said they could be persuaded to back another candidate.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.