Brown Retakes Lead Over Whitman



State Attorney General Jerry Brown has retaken his lead over GOP candidate Meg Whitman in the newest Rasmussen Poll. The former Oakland mayor leads the ex-eBay CEO 44 percent to 38 percent. The poll results are significant because Rasmussen is generally considered to be a right-leaning poll. Whitman’s plunge could be the result of recent reports of her extensive ties to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street giant sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud.

In addition, a new Capitol Weekly poll shows that Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has gained ground on Whitman in the fight for the GOP nomination, although Whitman still has a commanding lead. Poizner recently began a big advertising push. Whitman now leads Poizner 47 percent to 19 percent, down from a recent Field Poll that showed Whitman with 63 percent versus 14 percent for Poizner.

The Capitol Weekly poll also shows that moderate Tom Campbell has increased his lead over his more conservative rivals Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore in the race to become the Republican nominee for US Senate. Campbell now leads Fiorina 31 percent to 17 percent, with DeVore, the Tea Party favorite, getting just 14 percent.