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CBS 5 Poll: Dems, Prop 19 Lead Tight California Races

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(CBS 5) – California Democrats clung to narrow leads in three high-profile state-wide races as early voting began, according to the latest exclusive SurveyUSA polling for CBS 5. The poll also found increasing support for Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana.

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In the race for U.S. Senator, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer held onto a 46% to 43% advantage. That lead is unchanged from a poll released 12 days ago and within the poll’s margin of error of ± 3.9%.

In the race for the open Governor’s seat, Democrat Jerry Brown inched slightly higher in the latest poll, where he holds a 47% to 43% advantage. The percentage of Brown backers is up a point since the previous poll.  The numbers for Republican Meg Whitman remained flat.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom was edging incumbent Republican Abel Maldonado 42% to 37%. The margin tied the largest lead for Newsom in the four polls on this election by SurveyUSA.

Proposition 19 passed in the latest poll by a 7-point margin, 48% to 41%. In a poll 12 days ago, “Yes” led by 5 points. Support for marijuana legalization is rising and opposition declining among voters age 50 to 64, who currently support Proposition 19 by a 12-point margin, up from 5 points 12 days ago.

The CBS 5 poll was conducted by SurveyUSA, which interviewed 670 likely California voters on Sept. 30th and Oct 3rd.

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