- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 29, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Governor’s, Senate races remain close

SACRAMENTO | A new poll shows Californians are split between the Democratic and Republican candidates in the contests for governor and U.S. Senate.

And a large number of voters are still undecided in both races.

The Public Policy Institute of California poll, released Wednesday, shows 37 percent of likely voters support Democrat Jerry Brown for governor while 34 percent support Republican Meg Whitman. Nearly one in four voters are undecided.

The poll also shows 39 percent of likely voters support Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer while 34 percent support Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, with 22 percent undecided.

The poll surveyed 2,502 California residents from July 6 to 20 and has a margin of error of two percentage points.

FLORIDA

Wealthy newcomers lead in primary races

TALLAHASSEE | Two newcomers to Florida politics who are self-financing their campaigns have taken double-digit leads in the state’s Republican gubernatorial and Democratic Senate primary races, according to a poll released Thursday.

Former hospital operator Rick Scott was favored by 43 percent to 32 percent over Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican gubernatorial race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of 760 likely GOP voters taken July 22 through 27. Mr. Scott maintained a double-digit advantage he had compiled in an early June survey.

Meanwhile, billionaire businessman Jeff Greene shot ahead of U.S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek in the Democratic Senate race. Greene was favored by 33 percent of 782 likely Democratic voters to Meek’s 23 percent and former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre’s 4 percent. In a June poll by Quinnipiac, Mr. Meek held a two-point edge.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.6 percentage points among Republicans and 3.5 percentage points among Democrats. The primaries are Aug. 24.

Mr. Greene and Mr. Scott have plowed millions from their personal fortunes into their campaigns, running statewide television commercials for weeks while establishment candidates Mr. McCollum and Mr. Meek have largely been off the airwaves.

MISSOURI

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