Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Jerry Brown is trouncing Meg Whitman in the governor’s race. A new Field Poll shows the ex-Oakland mayor has opened up a commanding ten-point lead over the ex-eBay CEO, 49 percent to 39 percent, the Chron reports. Brown has been leading Whitman among women, Latino, and independent voters for a while, but the Democratic attorney general now also is ahead among male voters, who had been turning strongly this election toward the GOP. With five days left, it will take a miracle for Whitman to turn this around.
2. Carly Fiorina plans to get back on the campaign trail today, after being sidelined for two days by an infection related to recent breast-cancer surgery, the LA Times reports. But the ex-Hewlett Packard CEO faces a daunting challenge in the final five days. New York Times statistician Nate Silver only gives her a 7 percent chance of pulling out an upset over Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.
3. Much of the news this fall has focused on a supposed rightward shift in the country. But a new CNN poll shows that Republicans are leading around the nation mainly because Democratic voters plan to stay home on Election Day. In California, for example, if all registered voters actually voted, then Boxer likely would win by 16 points because there are so many more Democrats than Republicans statewide, Daily Kos reports. But because so many Dem voters have decided not to vote this election, Boxer’s lead over Fiorina is only about five points, the CNN poll shows.
4. A new Suffolk University poll shows that Kamala Harris has a one-point lead over Steve Cooley in the California Attorney General’s race, the Chron reports. It’s the first poll in a while showing the San Francisco DA ahead of her counterpart from Los Angeles. However, the race appears to be too close to call, because a LA Times/USC poll over the weekend had the Republican Cooley leading Democrat Harris by five points.
5. Oakland-based BrightSource Energy broke ground on its massive solar farm in the Mojave Desert, the Chron reports. The huge solar facility will cover 3,600 acres and power 100,000 homes.
6. The Chevy Volt, the new plug-in hybrid from GM, will not qualify for California’s $3,000 clean-car rebate until at least 2012 because the company says it’s not ready to undergo the state’s rigorous emissions testing, Bloomberg News reports. Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, however, does qualify. Both cars are going on sale later this year.
7. And the Giants roughed up Texas 11-7 in the first game of the World Series, pummeling the Rangers’ ace pitcher Cliff Lee.