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Brown Leads Whitman by 8 Points in Latest Poll

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Once again, Democrat and Attorney General Jerry Brown is leading Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in the race for California's Governor. The latest poll, compliments of the Public Policy Institute of California, has found that Brown leads Whitman by eight points, or 44% to 36%, with 16% undecided. The margin of error is up to ±3.5%.

In a previous PPIC poll from September, the candidates were neck and neck: 38% for Whitman and 37% for Brown, with 18% undecided.

"Among likely voters, independents were more likely to support Whitman in September (38% Whitman, 30% Brown, 19% undecided) but are divided today (37% Whitman, 36% Brown, 19% undecided)," poll authors said. "Support for Brown has increased among Democrats (76% today, 63% September), liberals (82% today, 68% September), moderates (51% today, 39% September), women (47% today, 35% September), and Latinos (51% today, 32% September). Support for Whitman has held steady among Republicans (73% today, 71% September) and conservatives (63% today, 67% September). Men and whites remain divided."