(CNN) - In the race for the governor's mansion in California, Democrat Jerry Brown has now extended his lead to double digits, according to a new poll.
A USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll of likely voters released Sunday shows Brown 13 points ahead of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, the Republican nominee. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed supported Brown, 39 percent supported Whitman, 3 percent planned to vote for another candidate and 4 percent remained undecided. The poll carried a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.
Among Latino voters, Brown led Whitman by 36 percentage points, 59 to 23. That is a significant jump from the September USC College/Los Angeles Times poll that had Brown leading by 19 percent among Latino voters.
The majority of those surveyed thought Whitman did a poor job handling the controversy surrounding her housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan. Diaz-Santillan accused the Republican candidate of knowingly employing her even though she was in the country illegally and then firing her for "political reasons."
Whitman's favorability numbers have also decreased.
The race has remained consistently close, but the new survey represents Brown's largest lead in recent polling. The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll showed Brown 8 percentage points ahead of Whitman, and the most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll had Brown ahead by 9 percentage points.
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