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Brown, Whitman deliver final pitches to San Diego voters

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California Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks during a campaign stop at Cafe Coyote in San Diego, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) California Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks during a campaign stop at Cafe Coyote in San Diego, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman waves to supporters during a campaign stop, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman waves to supporters during a campaign stop, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Jerry Brown spent the final day of his campaign for California governor Monday promising voters he would work with lawmakers to solve the state's financial problems and bring inclusion and transparency to the office.

Brown and other Democrats seeking statewide office rallied outside the downtown Los Angeles library after he appeared in San Diego.

"Living within our means is not going to be that easy, but I've pledged to work with everybody." Brown said in Los Angeles. "When I start this job — if I'm elected — I'm not going to wait for a couple of months. I'm going to go to work."

Republican Meg Whitman, who has made a similar pledge to bring lawmakers together, spent her day rallying campaign volunteers working to boost voter turnout.

In Woodland Hills, Whitman said the momentum was with her and the GOP, which is hoping to make gains nationwide.

"You can feel the energy and enthusiasm," she said. "I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said, 'I'm a lifelong Democrat. I've never voted for a Republican. I'm voting for you.'"

After shaking hands and taking pictures with volunteers, Whitman sat down with four women in a cubicle and made five phone calls asking for support. She rang a cow bell after hanging up one call, signaling one more vote.

The former CEO was also meeting with volunteers in Costa Mesa, San Diego and Temecula.

In San Diego, hundreds of supporters packed an outdoor Mexican restaurant in a historic area of the city for a morning rally for Brown, who watched tortillas being made as music played across the street.

He said California faces a multibillion-dollar budget deficit that will require compromise to reduce.

Brown, who is now the state attorney general, often tangled with lawmakers during his first tenure as governor from 1975 to 1983.

"I just try to tell it like it is. And when I'm up there in Sacramento, I'll tell it straight," Brown said. "To get through the difficulty and get Republican and Democrat working together, you've got to be honest, you've got to be inclusive and you've got to be fair."

Later in the day, Brown left Los Angeles for Salinas then he wrapped up his campaign with a rally of several hundred supporters along the waterfront in his hometown of Oakland, the city where he once served as mayor. A band warmed up the crowd before Brown and other Democrats took the stage for one last plea for votes.

There was a slight disturbance during Brown's speech when a small group of protesters attempted to raise a sign criticizing a local San Francisco TV station for its coverage of a 2009 New Year's Day shooting at an Oakland BART station that left a man dead.

As he left the event, Brown told reporters he was enthusiastic and reasonably optimistic about Election Day.

"This has been a very interesting campaign. It's grown in enthusiasm and excitement," Brown said. "I think the next few years could be very daunting, so I approach it with real sobriety as I look at how difficult it's going to be."

Both candidates delivered their closing arguments to voters in what has become California's most expensive gubernatorial race in history.

Public opinion polls have shown Brown is leading Whitman, a billionaire former chief executive of eBay Inc. who has spent nearly $142 million of her personal fortune on her first run for political office.

A Field Poll last week showed Brown with a double-digit lead — 49 percent to 39 percent — over Whitman among likely voters. But Whitman and her supporters say they believe the same energy behind Republicans nationwide will result in a GOP sweep in California and overcome a 13 percentage point Democratic voter registration advantage.

When asked about those polls, Whitman said she believes the race was closer than those surveys indicated.

"The only poll that matters is tomorrow," she said Monday in Woodland Hills. "Our polls look great. We're going to battle it out to the end. I feel great about where we are."

Whitman made a brief stop at her Orange County campaign headquarters in Costa Mesa, where she met volunteers working at phone banks, posed for pictures and signed T-shirts and campaign posters. About 50 volunteers chanted "We are ready! We are ready!" as Whitman arrived.

Imelda Preciado, 63, said she had been volunteering seven days a week for eight hours a day, going to campaign events, making get-out-the-vote calls and doing other tasks. Preciado was wearing several campaign buttons, including one that read "Take Out the Trash on Nov. 2."

"We can do better than the way we are now. If we have Jerry Brown, we're going to be worse," Preciado said.

Whitman has tried to cast herself as a "proven job creator" who would be ready to tackle the state's deficit with deep cuts to public payroll and entitlement programs, while boosting the economy with the classic GOP approach of deregulation and tax cuts.

Brown said voters only need to look at his track record as governor to see that he will bring an inclusive approach to governing.

"Everybody's got something to contribute and we want a government that's made up of all of us," Brown said.


Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus in Costa Mesa and Samantha Young in Oakland also contributed to this report. Lin reported from Woodland Hills.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

This is an update. The original story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego took center stage in a last-minute push by candidates for California governor.

Both Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown stumped for votes in America's Finest City Monday. The latest polls show Brown with anywhere from a four- to nine-point lead heading into Tuesday's election. Despite that, both candidates show no signs of letting up.

The battle lines were drawn in Old Town even before the two major party gubernatorial candidates arrived on election eve at one of San Diego's hottest tourist spots.

Democrat Jerry Brown kicked off the final day of his campaign with a promise to voters that he would always tell it like it is and to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

"When we win, we've got to do something. We've got to tackle the tough problems, we've got to live within our means, and we've got to bring everybody together," Brown said.

The 72-year-old, who served as leader of the Golden State in the 1970s, revved up his supporters as he spoke about his own experience and took a shot at his Republican opponent Meg Whitman's lack of political chops.

"If I pick the resume up and there's nothing on it, it's totally blank, you say 'I think you'd better seek other work because you haven't been preparing yourself for what's up ahead,'" Brown said.

In the meantime, Whitman, the former EBay executive, spent her day thanking campaign workers all around the state, including a stop in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles County.

"You have made an enormous difference, because how are elections won? They're won by people filling out their absentee ballots for you and going to the polls," Whitman told campaign workers.

Despite the latest polls showing Brown with a lead, that is definitely not stopping Whitman's enthusiasm, which she hopes will give her a victory.

"We have made millions of phone calls and the absentee ballots are running in our favor, so I feel great about where we are," Whitman said.

After her appearance in Old Town, Whitman was scheduled to make a final stop up the road in Temecula to thank Riverside County campaign workers.

Brown was scheduled to wrap up his last few hours in the field with a rally in his hometown of Oakland.

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