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May 20, 2010 11:29 PM by Ariel Wesler

Meg Whitman sits down with KSBY News

Meg Whitman hits the campaign trail in Santa Barbara, as her opponent no longer trails so far behind in the polls.

A Public Policy Institute of California survey was released yesterday. It found Whitman now leads state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent among Republicans. Whitman had 61 percent support in the same poll taken in March compared to 11 percent for Poizner.

One of the big reasons that gap has narrowed is the recent wave of attack ads targeting Meg Whitman, especially on illegal immigration and ties to goldman and sachs.

Whitman spoke today before an intimate crowd this afternoon at the museum of natural history in santa barbara, talking about illegal immigration and cutting government spending.

Whitman says she always knew the gap would narrow as we got closer to the primary election, but says she's ready to fight back on the campaign trail.

"The way we're countering that is I get up everyday, talking about what California voters really care about and that is jobs and the economy and cutting government spending. In the end, I think voters will pick the person who knows the most about the economy and is the true fiscal conservative in the race and I am the only fiscal conservative in this race," Whitman said.

"Look at my track record 30 years of experience starting and running companies for 20 years from scratch, not a big marketing executive, not a branding expert but an entrepreneur, and engineer who can build things from scratch. Combine that with 8 years in public sector service," Steve Poizner has said while campaigning.

As for illegal immigration, despite the ads, Whitman says is not in favor of any kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants. She also opposes offshore drilling.

Whitman says she enjoyed her brief visit to the South Coast. Her next stop is Los Angeles.

California Attorney General, Jerry Brown is the front-runner in the Democratic race for governor. We covered his visit to the UC Santa Barbara campus on Monday.

Don't forget. Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 8th primary.

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