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Assemblymember Uses Animal Rights Stance in Attorney General Race

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After the 2008 election, some lamented that Californians cared more about chickens than gays. Prop 2 won, placing restrictions on how some farm animals were kept, while Prop 8 also won -- it banned gay marriage. You can't sum it up so black and white, but one thing is for sure: this state can be progressive when it comes to animal issues.

One person who has a consistent record for animal issues is Assemblymember Pedro Nava of Santa Barbara. Regular LAist readers may remember him from earlier this month in an article about his dog devocalization bill. Nava is running for Attorney General as a Democrat and has released this cute and whacky campaign ad touting all his animal rights work.

The question is, will the animal contingent (and others) give him their vote? A recent poll suggests that he faces some tough competition: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads at 25% with former Facebook exec Chris Kelly at 17%. Los Angeles' former City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo came in at 13%, followed by Nava at 8%. The poll also found that over 35 percent of Democrats have not decided on an AG candidate, meaning the race's outcome is anyone's guess at this point.

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On the Republican side of the fence, L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley leads with 29% of Republican votes.