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Poll: Brown and Whitman Tied in Race for Governor

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Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are in a dead heat, finds the latest Field Poll (.pdf) released today. Statewide it's a 41-to-41 race with 18% still undecided. 599 of the 857 surveyed registered voters were considered likely to vote in the upcoming November election.

Compared to past Field Polls, today's is not much different, save for one fact: "the only statistically significant change in the governor’s race since July relates to a slight increase in the proportion (18%) of voters who are undecided or say they are not inclined to vote for either candidate."

A county by county breakdown finds that Jerry Brown is losing in traditionally Democratic Los Angles County with 38 points to Whitman's 41 points. However, 21% are undecided.

Beyond L.A. County, the nine other Southern California counties, which is made up of about one-third of the state's likely voters, Whitman is ahead of Brown by 16 points with 50% to 34%.