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LA Times poll: Brown leads Whitman by 13 pts.

October 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
In the race for California governor, a weekend poll shows Democrat Jerry Brown has widened his lead over Republican Meg Whitman. The biggest increase in support for Brown is among Latino voters.Eight days to go in the most expensive governor's race in history, and the woman whose money has made that possible pulled a new arrow out of her quiver to aim at Brown. Whitman brushed off a new statewide poll showing her behind Brown by double digits.

Billionaire former head of eBay Whitman started her day in Indio with Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. Whitman isn't buying a new Los Angeles Times-USC poll that gives Brown a 13-point lead.

"I think that L.A. Times poll was bunk," said Whitman. "I mean, that was a very biased poll. The L.A. Times typically does that before every election, so our internal polls and a lot of other polls show the race much closer, or even me ahead."

In an exclusive Eyewitness News poll last week, Whitman was seven points behind.

Next stop: Westlake Village, with Whitman focused on turning out her Republican base. Whitman tried out a new stump speech aimed at Brown's record as governor.

"Jerry Brown was soft on crime, 40 years of soft on crime, appointing justices like Rose Bird, who was not qualified, who fought against the death penalty," said Whitman.

With only a week to go before the election, Brown was not publically campaigning Monday. Sunday, he visited Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, one of several church stops. As state attorney general, Brown says he has been a leader in enforcing the laws of the state, including the death penalty.

Whitman has spent more than $160 million so far on her campaign, more than $140 million of that of her own money. Brown has spent a little more than $25 million on his campaign.

Tuesday, Whitman and Brown will be on the same stage in Long Beach with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Women's Conference, hosted by Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver. The three of them will be talking about the issues facing the state and their solutions.

One of the first speakers of the day will be First Lady Michelle Obama.


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