For those still harboring hopes that California will be hotly contested in the November presidential election, it's time for a pity party.
The latest statewide poll, conducted by Field Research Corp., shows that Democrat Barack Obama extended his lead over Republican John McCain to 24 points, 54% to 30%. In May, Obama's lead was 17 points; it was 7 in January.
The Field Poll, conducted July 8-14, also reveals an enthusiasm gap: 51% of Obama's supporters said they were very enthusiastic about him, whereas only 17% of McCain's made the same claim.
Obama leads strongly among Democratic voters; McCain holds a less-dominant lead among Republicans. And among the nonpartisan voters highly coveted by candidates, Obama leads, 64% to 18%.