Brown’s lead shrinks, Whitman’s internals show dead heat

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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A new public poll Friday indicates that Meg Whitman is closing the gap in the California gubernatorial race, and the Republican’s camp said internals are showing that the contest is a dead heat.

Democrat Jerry Brown is still ahead, according to the new Rasmussen survey, but his lead has shrunk to four points.

The Whitman campaign points to internal polls and says the race is even tighter. One of them shows the two candidates tied at 43 percent and the other has the Republican ahead by one point.

In addition, Whitman, who has spent over $140 million of her own money on the campaign, is relying on her get out the vote efforts to give her a boost on election day.

“We’ve said all along this will be a very close race, and it’s turned out that we were right,” Whitman spokesperson Darrel Ng said in an email to The Daily Caller. “Because of that, we’ve invested in a very sophisticated microtargeting and GOTV effort to get independent voters and occasional Republican voters to go to the polls on Tuesday or turn in their vote-by-mail ballots.”