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New Field Poll Shows Calif. Governor’s Race In Statistical Tie

— It’s a dead heat in the race for Governor. At least, that’s the finding of the latest Field Poll. The survey finds Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown has a statistically insignificant one-point lead over Republican candidate Meg Whitman. Forty-four percent of likely voters favor Brown; 43 percent favor Whitman.

“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. He said we’ve never seen a candidate spend as much as Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. So far, she’s put $90 million into her campaign – much of it her own money.

She’s been pouring some of that into attracting Latino voters. Among that group, Brown leads 50 percent to Whitman’s 39 percent. But DiCamillo said typically Latinos vote Democratic by a much wider margin.

“For Whitman to be only 11 points behind with Latinos is a very positive sign for her campaign and I think also that has to be attributed to her early advertising,” said DiCamillo.

Di Camillo said according to the poll, Brown’s positive image has lost ground since last year. He said that may be due to the negative ads Whitman is airing about him. The survey of about 1,000 Californians was conducted between June 22 and July 5.

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