California: Brad Sherman Leads Howard Berman in Internal Poll

Rep. Brad Sherman's (above) campaign said they expect to continue being outspent by fellow Rep. Howard Berman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An internal poll for California Rep. Brad Sherman found him ahead of fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman by 27 points in a potential general election matchup that is expected to be a close race as November nears.

Sherman took 52 percent to 25 percent for Berman, while 23 percent remained undecided in the poll conducted by the Feldman Group. In the top-two primary, Sherman led with 40 percent, followed by Berman with 17 percent and Republican businessman Mark Reed with 12 percent. Another Democrat, two Republicans and a Green Party member totaled 13 percent, while 20 percent were undecided.

The survey of 500 likely primary voters was conducted March 26-28 and had a 4.4-point margin of error. The results were similar to a Feldman Group poll conducted for Sherman in August.

“Sherman remains better known and more popular in the San Fernando Valley, especially in the portion of the district that he represents now, which has almost double the number of voters as Berman’s current district,” Diane Feldman said in a polling memo.

Sherman currently represents just more than half of the redrawn 30th district, which includes the homes of both members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. They opted not to run in neighboring districts to avoid the matchup, and both are likely to advance beyond the June 5 all-party primary and continue the contentious campaign through November.

Berman has secured the majority of endorsements from the Democrats in the state's House delegation, as well as both Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. He also outpaced Sherman in fourth-quarter fundraising 8-to-1, though neither has announced their fundraising totals from the first quarter.

A Sherman campaign statement announcing the poll said Berman likely outspent Sherman again last quarter: “The Sherman campaign has elected to save its campaign resources for the November general election.”