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The political-ad blitz has been an economic stimulus for broadcasters.

In October alone, a TV station trade group says that campaign commercials may account for 30 percent of station revenues.

CALIFORNIA

Poll: Brown keeps lead over Whitman

SACRAMENTO | A new poll shows Democrat Jerry Brown with a double-digit lead over Republican Meg Whitman less than a week before voters decide who will be California’s next governor.

The Field Poll released Thursday found the former two-term governor leading the former eBay CEO 49 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.

It is the third poll released in the past week showing Mr. Brown leading a race considered too close to call a month ago.

A political expert at California State University at Los Angeles says no California gubernatorial candidate in the last 50 years has won after trailing by such a margin this close to an election.

The poll surveyed 1,092 likely voters by telephone Oct. 14-26. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

RHODE ISLAND

‘Shove it’ remark was not planned

PROVIDENCE | The campaign manager for Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial contender Frank Caprio says the candidate did not plan his remark that President Obama could “shove it” for not endorsing him.

But he says it could have been phrased differently.

Xay Khamsyvoravong told the Associated Press on Thursday that it was an unfiltered, human response to a snub from the president.

Mr. Caprio on Monday said Mr. Obama could “take his endorsement and really shove it,” a day after learning Mr. Obama would not endorse anyone in the race out of respect for independent candidate Lincoln Chafee. Mr. Chafee is a former Republican senator who endorsed Mr. Obama ahead of the state’s Democratic primary in 2008.

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