Analysts anticipated that Newsom might trail Democratic hopeful Jerry Brown in early statewide polls. But in San Francisco? A recent poll conducted by David Binder of 423 likely voters in San Francisco found Brown leading Newsom 51 to 34 percent, with 8 percent undecided and the rest voting for neither candidate. The Binder poll has Brown ahead in every age bracket over 30, and every supervisorial district except the Marina.

Still, it is a tad early in the game to determine how worried Newsom should be over the results.

How does Newsom plan to deal with the news? He’s off to Mexico. Ostensibly Newsom plans to use the two-day sojourn to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard to discuss immigration and border issues, global warming, green technology, arts and culture, trade and the economy. But Gav is not the type to head south of the border without leaving a little time to play the tourist–especially considering PG&E will front the bill for the entire trip.

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