Poll results show Meg Whitman falling slightly behind Jerry Brown in the days following a media blitz about Whitman previously employing Nicky Diaz, an illegal immigrant.
New polls show that Meg Whitman is losing ground in the California gubernatorial race, raising questions about how her previous employment of Nicky Diaz Santillan, an illegal immigrant, as a housekeeper might be affecting the race.
Polls taken after the housekeeper story broke last week show the Republican Ms. Whitman falling behind Democrat Jerry Brown by a few percentage points. An automated poll from SurveyUSA released Monday has Mr. Brown ahead 47 to 43 percent, for instance. A Rasmussen Reports update has a slightly larger gap, with Brown up 49 to 44 percent.
Given a margin of error of 3 percentage points or so, the California contest could still be razor-edge close. But the latest surveys are significant because from late August through early September, a number of polls had showed Whitman even with Brown, or maintaining a slight lead. The new numbers, though, have caused Rasmussen to move the race from the “toss-up” column in its gubernatorial race chart, to “leans Democratic.”