Poll: Jerry Brown Beating Republicans For CA-GOV, Newsom Trailing GOPers

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A new Rasmussen poll of California finds that of the two Democratic candidates for governor, state Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Brown is currently much more electable than Newsom.

The poll tested Brown, who was himself governor in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, leads all three Republicans: Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, and former Rep. Tom Campbell. Newsom, on the other hand, trails all three Republicans — though the pollster’s analysis suggests that this could change if Newsom were to actually win the nomination, given the state’s Democratic leanings.The numbers:

• Brown (D) 44%, Whitman (R) 35%
• Brown (D) 45%, Poizner (R) 32%
• Brown (D) 44%, Campbell (R) 34%
• Whitman (R) 41%, Newsom (D) 36%
• Poizner (R) 40%, Newsom (D) 36%
• Campbell (R) 42%, Newsom (D) 36%

From the pollster’s analysis: “The fact that results are so similar regardless of which Republican candidate is mentioned suggests that the race at this point is all about the Democrats. That’s not surprising given the solid Democratic nature of California.”

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