Opinion: California races: Brown doubles lead against Whitman; Senate race close

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In case you missed it over the weekend: Jerry Brown’s lead in the race for California governor has more than doubled in the last month. According to a Los Angeles Times/USC Poll, Brown leads Whitman 52% to 39% among likely voters.

(UPDATE 5:22p.m.: Asked if The Times poll was a disappointment in the campaign’s closing days, Whitman tonight told a nationwide ABC-News audience:

(‘No, because the L.A. Times poll is biased and it’s bunk. Every year, the L.A. Times comes out with a poll about a week before the election that’s very heavily skewed to the candidate they choose. Who did the L.A. Times endorse? Jerry Brown.’)

In addition, according to the poll, a turning point in Whitman’s race was the Sept. 29 announcement from the Republican’s former housekeeper. Whitman’s handling of the housekeeper controversy and her spending habits have cost her support among key voter groups.


When asked who was better at telling the truth, 44% of those polled selected Brown, while 24% chose Whitman.

The pie charts to the right visualize the poll’s most recent findings.

The California Senate race remains a closer fight. Barbara Boxer holds an 8-point lead over Carly Fiorina, which reflects little change from last month’s findings. Four percent of likely voters in said they did not know who they would be voting for on Nov. 2.

-- Lori Kozlowski

Photo (left): Brown speaks during a campaign event at San Diego State University in San Diego on Oct. 21. Credit: Denis Poroy / AP. Photo (right): Whitman speaks at Earth Friendly Products on Oct. 18 in Garden Grove, Calif. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images


Video: Times/USC poll results

Additional details from the poll results