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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown leads Republican Meg Whitman by 8 points, according to a new poll. Mr. Brown got 44 percent of likely voters to 36 percent for Ms. Whitman, with 16 percent undecided and 4 percent for other candidates.

    Brown takes lead in Calif.

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  • "Public support is solidly behind the significant changes that are being made to school funding and classroom curricula this year," institute President Mark Baldassare said. "However, many Californians have concerns about whether their local schools can effectively implement the new state policies."

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  • In California, where Democrats have a 2.3 million-voter advantage over Republicans, Mr. Baldassare said it appears that "the core voters that have supported Democratic candidates seem to have coalesced around Mr. Brown," including Latinos, liberals and women.

    Brown takes lead in Calif. →

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