LOS ANGELES TIMES/USC POLL
Former EBay chief’s record-breaking $39-million gift to her own campaign helps put her 3 points ahead of the attorney general in governor’s race, poll finds. Boxer still leads in Senate contest.
By Cathleen Decker
April 5, 2010 | 5:40 a.m.
Republican Meg Whitman’s unprecedented spending spree in the race for governor has rocketed her into a narrow lead against Democrat Jerry Brown, while incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) is holding her own as a trio of little-known GOP candidates vies to challenge her, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll has found.
Whitman, who gave her campaign a record-breaking $39 million to finance a blistering pace of recent television advertising, carried 44% of voters to Brown’s 41%. The campaign by Brown, the former governor and current attorney general, has been the antithesis of Whitman’s, operating under the radar except for a brief burst of publicity in early March when he announced his intention to run.
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