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Race for Senate seat close; Brown holds lead

October 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows the race for the U.S. Senate in California is a virtual dead heat. Meanwhile, Jerry Brown is now holding a 7-point lead in the race for governor.The election is two weeks away, and the candidates continue to drive home their messages to the remaining undecided voters. The poll showed just how tight the races are, and that many voters are still unsure who they are going to vote for.

For Meg Whitman, the message is jobs. She was talking about that on Monday when she visited a manufacturing plant in Garden Grove.

In her new ad released on Monday, she said Jerry Brown is a puppet of the unions.

Brown's message is that Whitman is not qualified to be governor. His campaign also released a new ad saying Whitman is just more of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The latest poll shows in the governor's race, Brown stands at 47 percent, and Whitman at 40 percent. Five percent of the voters are undecided.

"We like the position we're in, but we expect a close race right through the finish," the Brown campaign said in a statement in response to the poll.

Brown's numbers have stayed steady for the last three weeks, while Whitman's have dropped, and it's the lowest support for her since July.

The Senate race is much closer, with Barbara Boxer at 46 percent, Carly Fiorina at 44 percent, and 4 percent undecided. That's within the survey's margin of sampling error, and still too close to call.

The number of undecided voters in the Senate race has actually grown. It stood at 1 percent at the beginning of September.

"We've always known this was going to be a tough race," said Boxer's campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski.

Fiorina's campaign said the poll was evidence that Fiorina was gaining ground.

"Despite outspending us 2 to 1 on baseless attack ads and distorting Carly's record, Boxer remains stuck in the mid-40s. As Californians learn the truth about Boxer's 28 years of failure, we expect they will vote to retire her in two short weeks," the Fiorina campaign said in a statement.

For Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana for personal use, the poll shows 48 percent are certain to vote yes, 44 percent are certain they will vote no, and 8 percent are still not certain which way they will vote.

The poll shows that Prop-19 voters might be helping Boxer. These voters, who are most likely to be Democrats, rarely vote in midterm congressional elections, but this time, they are motivated by the effort to legalize marijuana. Boxer is against Prop 19.

In an exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by SurveyUSA, prospective voters were asked the following questions:

If the election for California Governor were today, who would you vote for? Republican Meg Whitman? Democrat Jerry Brown? Or another candidate?

  • Whitman 40 percent
  • Brown 47 percent
  • Other 8 percent
  • Undecided 5 percent

California will also elect a United States Senator. If the election for United States Senator from California were today, who would you vote for? Republican Carly Fiorina? Democrat Barbara Boxer? Or another candidate?

  • Fiorina 44 percent
  • Boxer 46 percent
  • Other 6 percent
  • Undecided 4 percent

California will also elect a Lieutenant Governor. If the election for Lieutenant Governor were today, who would you vote for? Republican Abel Maldonado? Democrat Gavin Newsom? Or another candidate?

  • Maldonado 37 percent
  • Newsom 43 percent
  • Other 14 percent
  • Undecided 6 percent

California voters may also vote on several propositions. On Proposition 19, which would change California law to legalize marijuana and allow it to be regulated and taxed, are you ... Certain to vote yes? Certain to vote no? Or not certain? {Not Certain voters were asked: At this hour, on Proposition 19, do you lean toward yes? lean toward no, or do you not lean?}

  • Certain Yes 48 percent
  • Certain No 44 percent
  • Not Certain 8 percent
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