California Democratic senator Barbara boxer is trailing Republican challenger Carly Fiorina by 2 points--47% to 45%--in a new SurveyUSA poll of likely voters released this evening. Fiorina has been closing in on Boxer--cutting the Democrat's lead from six, to five, to four, to three points in the last four polls--but this is the first public poll showing Fiorina in the lead.
The AP has called Meg Whitman the winner of the Republican primary for Governor of California; Carly Fiorina has been declared the Republican winner of the Senate race. Whitman currently has 61.8 percent of the vote over her opponent Steve Poizner, with 7 percent of precincts reporting. Fiorina holds 54.9 percent over her closest opponent Tom Campbell, with 9.3 percent of precincts reporting.
In California today, GOP senatorial candidates Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and Tom Campbell faced off in a debate that focused almost entirely on big government. Bailouts, taxes, budgets, and (much less so) immigration were the dominant topics.
Republican Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, currently trailing third in the California polls behind Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell, has been caught overstating and misrepresenting his military record. According to the Los Angeles Times:
To reflect polling showing a tightening general election race and California voters’ particularly sour mood about the direction of their state and the country, CQ Politics is changing its race rating from Likely Democratic to the increasingly competitive Leans Democratic.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is losing to former congressman Tom Campbell in the race to challenge Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. What she isn't losing is the ad war. Fiorina enlisted consultant Fred Davis, creator of John McCain's famous 2008 "Celebrity" ad, to zing her opponents while showing her in a favorable light. Davis hasn't disappointed. His latest, "Hot Air," is a seven-minute assault on Boxer that portrays her as an out of touch liberal with a huge ego. Watch:
You’re a California Republican and, this being an election year, anxiety is mounting. Your state endures unspeakable economic crises, mostly caused by the union-Democratic axis of Sacramento. Unemployment numbers are higher than the national average, and you’re hearing financial experts declare your deficit-plagued, once-golden state to be in worse shape than—oh the indignity!—Greece.
Two recent polls show former U.S. Representative Tom Campbell, who recently entered the California Republican primary for a U.S. Senate nomination, with a lead over his Republican opponents Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore. While the resume on his website shows a very impressive candidate, Campbell has a long troubling record as an anti-Israel public official. Here are some examples from the record that Campbell built up over a decade in the House (Jennifer Rubin helps chronicle it here):