By John Marelius UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Attorney General Jerry Brown has opened a commanding lead over San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, a new Field Poll shows.
The poll shows Brown, the former governor, preferred by 47 percent of the Democratic primary voters to 27 percent for Newsom, with 26 percent undecided.
In March, when the Democratic field was larger, Brown led Newsom 26 percent to 16 percent. At that time, 22 percent went to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has since decided not to enter the race. Eight percent went to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who is now running for Congress.
The Democratic contest has strong geographical and generational divides, both probably favoring Brown.
"Look at Brown's lead in the south," Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said. "It looks to me that Villaraigosa's vote just went straight to Brown."
In contrast to the high-profile Democratic race, the poll shows a muddled race for the Republican nomination for governor among three little-known candidates.
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