The new Fox News poll of California shows the Democrats extending their narrow leads in the state’s top races for governor and Senate. Or perhaps more accurately, the Republicans are falling further behind — the voters don’t actually like any of the candidates.
In the gubernatorial race, to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Democrat Jerry Brown 48%, Republican Meg Whitman 43%. In the previous Fox poll from a month ago, Brown and Whitman were tied at 45%-45%. The TPM Poll Average for the gubernatorial race gives Brown a lead of 47.6%-43.7%
In the Senate race: Incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer 48%, Republican Carly FiorinaÂ 44%. In the previous poll, Boxer led by just 47%-46%. The TPM Poll Average for the Senate race gives Boxer a lead of 48.0%-43.7%.
As Fox’s analysis points out: “California voters don’t seem too happy with any of their candidate choices this year. Boxer, Fiorina, Brown and Whitman all scored above 50 percent on being viewed unfavorably by voters.”