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ASSOCIATED PRESS Billionaire Meg Whitman spent more money - at least $174 million - than any candidate for a statewide office in U.S. history. All but roughly $30 million of that was from her personal fortune.

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**FILE** From left: Matt Lauer, California gubernatorial candidate Republican Meg Whitman, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and California gubernatorial candidate Democrat Jerry Brown are seen on stage Oct. 26 at the annual Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS 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.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS 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.

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Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor (left), shakes hands with debate moderator Maria Elena Salinas, before the start of her debate with Jerry Brown on Univision. (Associated Press)

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (left) shakes hands with her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, before the start of their second debate, held at California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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In this Sept. 30, 2010, file photo, California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman listens to a question from reporters during a news conference in Santa Monica, Calif., (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman discusses her campaign with workers at Altergy Systems after touring their fuel-cell manufacturing plant in Folsom, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Associated Press California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has spent more than $100 milllion of her own money on her campaign.

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Associated Press Former corporate chief CEOs Meg Whitman (left) and Carly Fiorina celebrate their winning the California Republican nomination for governor and senator, respectively, on June 9, the day after the primary, in Anaheim, Calif. Another female corporate titan is running in Connecticut.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman (left), the former chief executive of eBay, and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal stalwart reviled by conservatives, are both in dead heats, some polls say.

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** FILE ** California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, 53, a former eBay executive, says she is offering the state a "new beginning." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)