Republican Meg Whitman’s attack ads are getting part of the credit for pulling her into a dead heat with Attorney General Jerry Brown in the race for California governor.
What’s more, the former eBay CEO’s campaign have sent the Democratic nominee’s popularity slide among likely voters, according to a new Field Poll reported in The Sacramento Bee.
The poll shows Brown leading Whitman 44 percent to 43 percent, which is considered a statistically insignificant difference.
Whitman trailed Brown by 21 percentage points October, before she whittled away and overtook him in March, the Bee reported. However, a tough GOP primary negated her 3-point advantage that month, according to the newspaper.
Now, however, the 40 percent who rate former Gov. Brown negatively almost equals his positive rating of 42 percent. And the rating tanked from last year, when twice as many looked upon him favorably as negatively.
"For Whitman, the success here is that the campaign seems to be working, in the sense that now as many voters view Brown negatively as do positively," the Bee quoted poll director Mark DiCamillo as saying.
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