Friday Must Read: Boxer Takes Solid Lead; But Democrats to Lose House

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Barbara Boxer has widened her lead over Carly Fiorina to eight points, according to the respected Field Poll, the Chron reports. The poll also shows that independent voters in California are bucking a nationwide trend. Throughout the country, independents are breaking toward Republican candidates this election, but the Field Poll shows that Democrat Boxer has a seventeen-point lead among independents in California, 49 percent to 32 percent. Fiorina, who flirted heavily with the Tea Party earlier this year, is just too conservative for the state.

2. Boxer’s strong lead will help Democrats keep the Senate, but with four days to go, the odds that Dems will hold onto the House are fading fast. New York Times statistician Nate Silver is projecting that Republicans will take a commanding 232-203 advantage in the House. Silver, however, continues to forecast that Democrats will maintain a 52-48 advantage in the Senate.

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