(CNN) - The Republican nominee for California governor is leveling with voters.
Over the weekend Meg Whitman released a minute-long ad reintroducing herself to California voters.
"I know many of you see this election as an unhappy choice between a longtime politician with no plan for the future and a billionaire with no government experience," Whitman says in the spot. "Well, let me tell you my story."
(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.
(CNN) - The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has Attorney General Jerry Brown running 8 points ahead of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman among likely voters in the race to be the state's next governor, but a sizable number 16 percent remain undecided. The poll shows Brown with a 15 point lead among women and a 29 point lead among Latinos. Whitman has a one point advantage among independents with 19 percent undecided.
Brown's campaign manager Steven Glazer argues the polling demonstrates voters were unaffected by the "whore" story – when a member of Brown's staff was recorded using the word to describe Meg Whitman. And Glazer insists of the Brown campaign "we'll be more than competitive" in the final days. He says they set aside $12 million to spend in the last two weeks – to ensure Brown's message isn't drowned out by a late blitz of Whitman spending. With that money Brown plans to drop 10-15 million pieces of mail – at a cost of up to $5 million.
(CNN) – Forget Danny Devito. Attorney General Jerry Brown thinks his opponent, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, is the perfect "twin" to California's unpopular Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In his next campaign ad set to release Tuesday, Brown casts the GOP gubernatorial nominee's message as identical to the current governor. Like Whitman, Schwarzenegger ran as a non-politician who'd bring business values to the statehouse. He now has a rock bottom approval of just 23 percent according to the latest Field Poll. Brown is clearly trying to capitalize on their apparent similarities, just two weeks before the election.
The ad, which CNN obtained exclusively Tuesday morning, begins running statewide later today.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) – Talk about burying the hatchet. When former President Bill Clinton turned out to rally for California Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown on Friday night, the former rivals hugged and made up.
Really, they embraced.
The two have a bitter political history dating to 1992, when they ran against each other in the Democratic presidential primary.
(CNN) – Heading into the final weeks of the election, Meg Whitman may be letting bygones become bygones.
"Californians deserve better than the traditional politics of slurs and personal attacks… But I accept [Jerry Brown's] apology," the Republican California gubernatorial candidate said of her opponent on Thursday in an interview on CNN's The Situation Room.
(CNN) - A debate between California's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday night became heated after discussion turned to the use of the word "whore" by a staffer for the Democratic nominee.
In an inadvertently recorded conversation, a staffer for California Attorney General Jerry Brown called former eBay CEO Meg Whitman a "whore," implying that she had sold out to special interests.
(CNN) – California's National Organization for Women announced its endorsement for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown on Friday, the same day a taped conversation surfaced in which one of Brown's aides called the Republican candidate a 'whore.'
"As governor, mayor, and attorney general, Jerry Brown has promoted and defended women's rights," the group's president, Patty Bellasalma, said in a statement. "Jerry stands for fairness and equality and never ever backs down. We have every confidence that he will do the same as California's next Governor."
"For California women, actions speak louder than words. We know Jerry Brown's record, and we know Meg Whitman's record. The choice is clear. We strongly urge California women to vote for Jerry Brown for governor," Bellasalma added.
(CNN) - The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word "whore."
An aide to the Democratic candidate called the Republican candidate that in an inadvertently recorded conversation, implying that she had sold out to special interests.
The Republican campaign of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has demanded an apology. The Democratic campaign of California Attorney General Jerry Brown has responded.
(CNN) - California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman accused Democratic opponent Jerry Brown of orchestrating the scandal that erupted this week over her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, in a debate Saturday night.
"Jerry, you know you should be ashamed, you and your surrogates," Whitman said. "You put it out here and you should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions."
In response, Brown said Whitman was avoiding responsibility for hiring an undocumented worker.
"You have blamed her, blamed me, blamed the left, blamed the unions. But you don't take accountability," Brown said.