He's still not officially in, but a new Rasmussen Reports poll on the 2010 gubernatorial race gives attorney general and likely Democratic candidate Jerry Brown a nearly double-digit edge over all three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in hypothetical match-ups.
Brown, who has yet to declare his candidacy but is expected to form an exploratory committee for the race sometime this week, held a 9-point advantage over RepublicanMeg Whitman , leading the former eBay executive 44 percent to 35 percent. The match-ups also gave Brown a 13-point edge over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and put him 10 points ahead of former Rep. Tom Campbell.
The telephone survey of 500 likely California voters, taken last Thursday, puts all three Republican contenders ahead of declared Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom.
Campbell held the widest lead over Newsom, beating the San Francisco mayor 42 to 36 in the poll, which has a 4.5-point margin of error. Newsom also trailed Whitman by 5 points, 41 percent to 36 percent, and Poizner by 4 points, 40 percent to 36 percent.