Are Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer inching ahead in California ... or not?(Read article summary)
A new poll shows two California Democrats, Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, opening leads in their bids for governor and Senate. But Brown's opponent questions the poll.
Justin Kase Conder/AP
The good news for Mr. Brown, the former California governor and a fixture in state Democratic politics, comes on the eve of his first debate against Ms. Whitman, the former eBay CEO.
But Whitman has already taken issue with one of the polls gaining the most attention, a new Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll that shows Brown holding a 49 to 44 percent advantage over Whitman among likely voters.
In a memo on her website, Whitman says that “there is strong evidence” that the Times/USC poll undersampled Republicans, and notes that the California Field poll – conducted at the same time, and showing a tie between Brown and Whitman – offers a much different picture of the partisan landscape in California.