Republican gubernatorial candidates Bill Simon and Richard Riordan appear to be running neck-and-neck for state GOP nomination. That´s according to a Los Angeles Times poll. With a week remaining until the primary, the poll shows that both Simon and Riordan have 31 percent support among likely Republican voters. It´s a boost for Simon, a businessman who only claimed 20 percent of the GOP vote in a January poll compared to Riordan´s 34 percent.
The numbers remain virtually unchanged for GOP candidate Secretary of State Bill Jones with 14 percent now compared to January´s 13 percent. But Riordan, who was in a dead heat with Democratic Governor Gray Davis in January, has slipped. The former Los Angeles Mayor now has 39 percent support compared to Governor Davis´ 47 percent.