Sunday, August 29, 2010 – 08:30 pm

Pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports told Fox News channel in an interview this afternoon that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is maintaining a firm lead over California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Last week Rasmussen released a poll conducted on August 24th showing Whitman with a firm 48% to 40% lead over Brown. When taking into account leaning voters Whitman captures a majority of likely voters at 51% to Brown’s 43%. Leaning voter’s become increasingly more important after Labor Day.

Rasmussen told Fox his organization fields a three-day tracking poll, which shows Whitman now maintaining her margin over Brown.

Rasmussen said Brown is running a 1970’s style campaign, and at this stage of the campaign, doesn’t see any way Brown can win the Governor’s seat.

The pollster is viewed as a republican leaning, but his methodology has been highly accurate in the past.

In regards to the race between Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer for the U.S. Senate, Rasmussen said Fiorina can win the seat, but election day dynamics could ultimately decide the race.

Rasmussen currently rates the Governor’s race as “Lean Republican”, and the senate as a “Toss-Up”.

Three weeks ago sources tied to the Whitman campaign told the republican had a 5-point lead over Brown at the time. The Rasmussen polling reinforces the information and a widening of Whitman’s lead.