Whitman takes first lead in poll for California governor

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(Reuters) – Republican Meg Whitman on Monday took the lead over Democrat Jerry Brown for the first time in a general election poll, four months before voters go to the polls to chose the next California governor.

Whitman, the former CEO of eBay Inc making her first run for political office, leads Brown, the state’s attorney general, by a margin of 46 percent to 39 percent, according to the survey by CBS-5 KPIX TV.

The poll finds Whitman, a billionaire who has largely financed her own campaign, favored by 77 percent of Republicans and holding a slight edge among independents, with 64 percent of Democrats choosing Brown.

It was the first poll of the general election campaign to show Whitman beating Brown, a former California governor running in what is considered a reliably Democratic state.

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