Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor: "California Democrats are taking heart from a new poll showing Jerry Brown leading Meg Whitman in the race for governor while Barbara Boxer is ahead of Carly Fiorina in the US Senate race. But with more than a month to go before the election and 10 percent of likely voters still undecided, both races - especially the Brown-Whitman contest - remain close. This is the bottom line from a USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll released Sunday. Brown now leads Whitman 49-44 percent, which is close to the poll's margin of error. Boxer, meanwhile, has widened her lead over Fiorina to 51-43 percent. California's senate race could prove crucial in Democrat's efforts to hold on to Senate control."