(CNN) – A new survey indicates that it's all tied up in the battle between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman for California's top job.
According to a Field Poll released Wednesday, 44 percent of California voters say they'll back Brown, the Democratic nominee, in the state's contest for governor, with 43 percent saying they support Whitman, the Republican nominee, and 13 percent undecided. Brown's one point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error.
Brown led Whitman late last month by six points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the first non-partisan poll conducted since the June 8 primary.
Brown is the state's attorney general and a former two-term governor in the 1970's and 1980's. He has also served as Oakland mayor and California secretary of state. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent more than $90 million of her own money so far on her bid for governor.
The winner in November will succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who can't seek re-election because of term limits. Schwarzenegger has struggled to fix the Golden state's economy and has battled with state lawmakers over how to reduce California's massive budget deficit.
The Field Poll indicates that Brown leads in the San Francisco-Oakland area and in Los Angeles, with Whitman ahead among voters in San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley.
According to the survey, Brown's unfavorable numbers are up 15 points, to 40 percent, with 42 percent viewing him in a favorable light. Forty percent view Whitman favorably, with 42 percent holding an unfavorable view.
The Field Poll was conducted June 22-July 5, with 1,005 California voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
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