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Poll: Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer Gain on Republican Opponents

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One poll says they're tied, another say the Republicans will win and this one indicates the Democrats are gaining momentum. The latest news comes via the LA Times/USC poll that was released this weekend.

Attorney General, a former California governor, Jerry Brown has a five-point lead over former eBay CEO Meg Whitman -- 49%to 44% -- among likely voters, the poll found. Likewise, Democratic U.S. Senator and incumbent Barbara Boxer has an eight-point advantage -- 51% to 43% -- over former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Of note, the two Republicans "have yet to convince crucial groups of voters that their business backgrounds will translate into government success," the LA Times said.

But Whitman fought back, describing the poll as "outlier" because it did "not reflect a realistic view of the partisan composition of California’s electorate," according to the New York Times, which notes that several polls in the last 10 days have showed Whitman's lead has been deteriorating.