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Whitman's lead over Poizner now single digits, poll finds

May 19, 2010 |  9:00 pm

Meg Whitman's lead over Steve Poizner has narrowed to just nine points --  down from a 32-point lead just two months ago, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

With less than three weeks before the June primary, the survey finds Whitman with a 38-29 lead over Poizner among likely primary voters.  Nearly one-third of likely voters (31%) are undecided.

The survey finds Whitman fares better in a race against Democrat Jerry Brown. Whitman lead Brown by five points in the March survey. The poll now finds Brown with a 42%-37 edge.

Brown holds a 45%-32% lead over Poizner in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up -- virtually unchanged from the March survey.

The poll also shows a statistical dead heat between Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Fiorina holds a statistically insignificant 25-23 percent lead over Campbell. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore trails with 16 percent of the vote. That leaves more than one-third of all voters undecided in that race as well.

"This election is very much in flux," says Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. "Voters are alienated. Republicans are struggling to figure out what to do about it and what their party stands for. The Democrats—with their candidates unchallenged—aren't going through this soul searching."