Brown Widens Lead Over Newsom

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Jerry Brown has widened his lead to twenty percentage points over Gavin Newsom in the 2010 race for governor, according to a new Field Poll. The state attorney general now leads San Francisco's mayor 47 percent to 27 percent. The former Oakland mayor holds a strong advantage over Newsom among baby boomers, while Newsom is ahead among younger voters, the Chron reports. Although the poll is not good news for Newsom, it does show that he leads all three Republican candidates in the race - in contrast to a recent Rasmussen poll that showed him trailing all three GOP rivals by at least four percentage points.

The new Field Poll also shows that moderate Tom Campbell is in a surprising dead heat with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman among Republicans, while Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is a distant third. Whitman has 22 percent, Campbell has 20 percent, and Poizner has just 9 percent. But it may be tough for Campbell to keep his numbers up because both Whitman and Poizner are expected to have huge campaign war chests.

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