Ms. Whitman’s 8-point lead over Mr. Brown among independent voters in September has been virtually erased. She now holds a 37 percent to 36 percent lead among independents - a key group that represents 1 in 5 California voters.
Among female voters, Mr. Brown has boosted his standing despite controversy after one of his campaign staffer’s used a sexist slur to describe Ms. Whitman in a private conversation that was inadvertently recorded on voice mail.
He leads Ms. Whitman among women voters by 47 percent to 32 percent, the poll found, up from September, when he had 35 percent of their vote. Among male voters and whites, the two candidates remain in a dead heat, the poll showed.
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