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Poll: Whitman Winning Against Brown Statewide & in L.A. County

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Although gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman still has to face Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June primary, all signs point towards her winning that race. After all, she leads him 5 to 1, 63 percent to 14 percent in the latest Field Poll, which was taken before Monday night's Republican debate where Whitman is said to have done well.

That same Field Poll, however, found that Whitman is also winning out against Democrat candidate and current Attorney General Jerry Brown by three percentage points, according to the Sacramento Bee. In Los Angeles County, she leads 45 to 40 and 54 to 37 for Southern California. In the Central Valley she leads 57 to 30. Brown takes Northern California and the Bay Area.

"That's an extremely ominous sign for Democrats, since the governorship cannot be won without taking LA County and running much better in the other SoCal counties and the Central Valley," notes Robert Cruickshank at Calitics, who also finds that Brown has a solid base in young and Latino voters, but not much else. Cruickshank credits her smart campaign team and wise money spending with Whitman's large fortune.