Poll: Whitman takes lead in California Republican gubernatorial race

California republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman laughs as she speaks to workers at Graniterock May 28, 2010 in Redwood City, California. With less than one week to go until the California primary election, Meg Whitman toured the Graniterock facility and spoke to workers about her plan if she is elected.
California republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman laughs as she speaks to workers at Graniterock May 28, 2010 in Redwood City, California. With less than one week to go until the California primary election, Meg Whitman toured the Graniterock facility and spoke to workers about her plan if she is elected. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A new poll shows that former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has stopped her plunge in recent polls to again take a large lead in the Republican race for California governor, and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina has become the clear front-runner in the race to take on Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat.

The Los Angeles Times/USC poll released Saturday shows Whitman leading state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner by 24 points, and Fiorina leading former congressman Tom Campbell by 15 points less than two weeks before the June 8 primary.

The results differ sharply from a the Public Policy Institute of California poll released just 10 days ago showing Whitman with a nine-point lead and the Senate race as a statistical dead heat.

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