Friday Must Read: Boxer’s Lead Widens; Whitman Moves to the Center

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Barbara Boxer appears to be cruising to victory in November, as a new Field Poll shows her with a solid, six-point lead over GOP rival Carly Fiorina, 47 percent to 41 percent, the Chron reports. A previous Field Poll had Boxer ahead by just three points. Earlier this week, Public Policy Polling also showed Boxer leading by eight points. The Democrat’s strong showing makes it increasingly unlikely that Republicans will win control of the US Senate this fall.

2. In the governor’s race, meanwhile, Meg Whitman appears to realize that Tea Party-fave Fiorina may be too conservative for California voters, and so she took a step yesterday toward the political center. Whitman announced her opposition to Proposition 23, the anti-green-energy measure that Fiorina strongly supports, the Sacramento Bee reports. The move also helps blunt Jerry Brown’s seeming advantage on environmental issues. Prop 23 would roll back California’s landmark climate-change law.

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