(CNN) – Tuesday yielded good news for Democrats in California with a new poll that shows the nominees for Governor and Senator leading their Republican opponents.
In the Suffolk University poll, attorney general and former Gov. Jerry Brown leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by 8 percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent among likely voters. Five percent supported the third party candidates in the race.
Incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer leads former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by 9 percentage points in the same poll, 52 percent to 43 percent. Four percent supported the third party candidates in the race.
An L.A. Times/USC poll released Sunday, showed Boxer leading Fiorina by 8 percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent.
The sampling error for the Suffolk survey is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Both races have been a war of words and ads, but the new numbers suggest a Democratic tilt.
The winner of the race for governor will replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Boxer is fighting for her 4th term in the Senate.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report