Jerry Brown Lead Sinks Over Whitman

Things are getting close enough in California that it won't be a shocker if Meg Whitman takes the governors seat.

With only a few days until Election Day, Democrat Jerry Brown holds a slightly smaller lead over Republican Meg Whitman in California’s gubernatorial race.

Well, okay, it's self-destructive California. Maybe it will be a shocker if the state does something to slow it's self-induced implosion.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brown picking up 49% support, while Whitman draws the vote from 45%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

These numbers move the race from Leans Democrat back to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Will excitement among change voters result in dominant conservative turnout, or will emotionally charged races lead to a high turnout election that attracts less sophisticated lefties?

Last week, Brown held a 48% to 42% edge over Whitman. Support for Brown, a longtime Democratic figure in the state who previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983, has steadily risen from 40% in late August. Backing for Whitman, a former CEO of eBay, has fallen slightly from a high of 48% in the same period.

In four surveys conducted throughout October, Brown has earned 48% to 50% of the vote. Whitman has picked up 42% to 45% vote in the same period.