LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Sen. Barbara Boxer has the lead but Republican challenger Matt Fong may get the votes, according to a Los Angeles Times Poll published Monday.

Boxer, D-Calif., led Fong 47 percent to 39 percent among all registered voters surveyed. However, among those considered likely to actually cast ballots in November, Fong had a narrow lead of 48 percent to 43 percent.

``She has the younger vote, but typically younger people do not come out to vote,'' said Susan Pinkus, Times Poll director. ``She really has to be much more visible to the electorate in order to better define herself.''

The poll surveyed 1,651 Californians by telephone, including 1,270 registered voters, on Sept. 12-17. Among those surveyed, 684 were deemed likely to vote. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points among registered voters and 4 percentage points among likely voters.