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Gov. Wilson ahead

REPUBLICAN Governor Pete Wilson, who less than a year ago was running 17 points behind his Democratic challenger, has assumed the lead in the California governor's race, according to a poll published Friday.

The Field Poll showed Governor Wilson with 46 percent support among registered voters compared to 43 percent for state Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Eleven percent were undecided.

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The findings represent a dramatic about-face in Field Poll results. In four surveys taken last year, Brown led Wilson by margins ranging from 13 to 23 points. A new Los Angeles Times poll conducted earlier this month found similar results. In both cases, crime has proven itself to be an issue.