October 24th, 2010
08:52 AM ET
10 years ago

California Dem widens lead

(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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Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman • Polls
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Johnny

    It is over Whitman. You will have company soon with more of your tea baggers going down.......

    October 24, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. vic nashville tn

    I know unemployment rate is 9.6 but I didn’t expect 3 GOP candidates will spend $243 millions own money to get hire

    She spend $141million own money

    Give tax cut to rich lol

    October 24, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Yep, you tea baggers keep shrinking that revival tent down to a parasol for Southern whites only, and your going to continue to get your butts handed to you on a platter with a side order of guacamole!

    I personally think this "southern strategy" is working out just fine for the republikkkans!

    October 24, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. annie s

    Please, please to the voters of my beloved home state of California, elect Jerry Brown! This man has dedicated his life to the people of California. He has a proven track record of guiding our State to financial success and of fighting for the middle class. Meg Whitman, on the other hand, never even voted before deciding she want to buy the Governor's office so she could strip California of financial and environmental controls.

    October 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. A Patriot

    Republicans like to hold themselves up as being more patriotic, more moral, more law abiding, more religious, more fiscally responsible, more business minded and more of a whole lot of things than Democrats. Americans are buying that bull-puckey any more.

    Their recurring problem is that when you look beneath that facade, they are LYING or MISLEADING the voters. It`s a recurring shell game where they are trying oh fool us into believing something superficial about them.

    Meg Whitman, the BILLIONAIRESS, didn`t mind employing an "illegal" as long as she was saving a few dollars on a salary and didn`t get caught. Too bad for her. With beeter judgement, she could have used all that money she has to pay a nice English speaking American $5 more an hour and maybe she could have bought herself a high profile political office.

    Tip to republicans: Focus on specifics of what you will do DIFFERENTLY than Democrats and be able to go down two layers. Just mouthing off about "protecting the constitution" means ZERO.

    October 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. vic nashville tn

    Kendrick Meek have very good future

    October 24, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. elobogrande

    You cork soakers don't get it...We don't really want all the poly-ticks from the left, but we must prevent the right wing nuts from giving our nation to the corporations or foreign entity's that are jockeying for our jobs. Read their Grand Pubah's pledge. Repeal the laws that prevent insurance companies from cutting off anyone that needs medical coverage because they're too risky? Repeal the regulations on credit industries that use lawyer lingo to shaft consumers?...Keep tax breaks for corporations to outsource our jobs? Cut minimum wage for the working class, but keep raising lawmakers salaries of $200,000/year? Give them health care coverage too? Privatize or raise the age limit for SSI on those that have paid into the plan all their working lives? Really?

    October 24, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. D. Bunker

    Why are millionaire GOBPbaggers spending so much of their own money for an office that pays so little relative to their "normal" corrupt CEO income? Why are other faceless millionaires, billionaires and foreign interests spending so much to elect rightwing extremists? Could it be these corporate predators want to privatize government? Is Whitman looking to seel CA assets on eBay? The Party of NO has no valid ideas, just a slavish devotion to its failed cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and global unfair trade. The Party of NO has no plan to hardworking Americans and it certain does not care about them. Vote accordingly,

    October 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. PalmReader

    Fiscal Republicans such as California's Megabucks Whitman seem to be having a more difficult time selling their *less spending* ideology to main street America. Hopefully Fiorina will have the same difficulty selling her *jobs growth* plan as well. I hope this trend continues until election day. How on earth anyone can trust the GOPers is beyond me. This election isn't about fiscal responsible, less government spending, smaller government Republicans. This election is about ego, greed, and power, starting with an remarkably arrogant and egotistically smug Karl Rove sitting at the top of the GOP food chain. Rick Scott illegally bilked billions from Medicare while CEO of Universal Health. His polling is still at a pace to win in Florida. Too sickening for words should he win. The poor TeaPers haven't a clue what's in store for them after this election. I imagine they'll learn soon enough.

    October 24, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Smart giant

    I guess the voters are figuring out that a Teabagger is just no good for America.

    October 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. ramtruck2500

    Thank god after reading the palin underwear thing I can safely say I have it with all the washington lobby paid teabaggers including Whitman. Hurray for the working class . I almost voted republican for senate here in wisconsin but Johnson was all teabag as well hot air and a total lobby paid hypocrit who is an insider. GO Jerry!

    October 24, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. dewlapski

    Brown will easily win and California will easily go further down the tube under his watch.

    In twenty years, China will annex the west coast and Alaska to collect on bad US Government Bonds. It's a good thing we are saving all that oil off California and Alaska for them.

    October 24, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. PalmReader

    Opps, I mistated that Rick Scott was CEO of Universal Heath. I meant Columbia Health. Sorry.

    October 24, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |