January 21st, 2010
10:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Campbell leads Senate GOP field in California

(CNN) - One week after he switched races, a new poll indicates that former Rep. Tom Campbell leads the GOP field in the fight to oust Sen. Barbara Boxer of California.

According to the Field Poll, 3 in 10 people likely to vote in the Republican primary back Campbell as their party's senate nominee. That's 5 points ahead of 1 in 4 who are supporting former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Six percent say they back State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

But the survey indicates that nearly 4 in 10 are undecided. California holds its primary on June 8. Last week Campbell gave up his bid for governor and instead jumped into the senate race.

According to the poll, Boxer, a 3-term Democrat, leads all three GOP candidates by double digits in hypothetical general election matchups.

The Field Poll was conducted January 5-17, with 958 registered voters in California questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

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Filed under: California • Tom Campbell
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Robin

    Barbara needs to go.

    She lost military votes when she corrected Brigadier General Michael Walshs, and admonished him to call her Senator when he called her ma'am. (Elitist)

    She lost more points when she argued with National Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Harry Alford. Boxer pretty much told him that he needs to fall in step with the NAACP and their findings. Mr. Alford did nto appreciate it and laid into her real good. ( Shows she is arrogant)

    Arrogance is what lost the seat in Mass. There are more then a couple long term dems that will be voted out in November. Boxer, Reid, Specter, Frank....just the tip of the iceberg.

    January 21, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Boxer is going to suffer a KO in the election...just like all the other liberals.

    Americans are fed up with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their socialist agenda, and that's what we're all seeing at the ballot boxes.

    January 21, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Joe Nations

    Pack Boxer off now.

    January 21, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Obama 2.0

    The Dems & GOP need to heed the warning :)

    January 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. howie

    This is a sign of the changes for the election in 2010. If the democrats do not change and change quickly they are doomed in 2010. It is clear that Obama's support has little effect on the democrats running. His visits to Mass last week did absolutely nothing for Coakley.

    January 21, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Boxer is going to suffer a KO in the election...just like all the other liberals.

    Americans are fed up with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their socialist agenda, and that's what we're seeing at the ballot boxes.

    January 21, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. stevegee

    Boxer is going to suffer a KO in the election...just like all the other liberals.

    Americans are fed up with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their socialist agenda, and that's what we're seeing at the ballot boxes.

    January 21, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Duck Fallas

    Double digit lead? She may as well concede right now.

    January 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. JGB

    This is the best news we could get..............Get that louser Boxer out of here, arrogant woman needs to go. Bye, Bye Barbara "Bouncer" Boxer.

    January 21, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Clean up CA

    Barb Boxer has been an embarrassment to California. I hope we have enough sense to vote her out (as well as Pelosi, Waxman and the incompetent Waters).

    January 21, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    I hoping obama will fly out to California to campaign for Boxer, that ought to cinch a win for who ever is running on the Republican side.

    January 21, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. mark

    Vote Boxer out, America is ready for change just like MA!

    January 21, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Billy J Montgomery

    Voting for Boxer is stupid and because her constituents are from California the old adage of you can't fix stupid definately fits! If she is the best California has then they all deserve her! She is right up there with Pelosi and the above statement definately applies to Pelosi. If Babs and Nancy were handcuffed together face to face they would run so hard to the left they would screw themselves into the ground. No I am not a Republican nor a Democrat I wouldn't be a part of either party and although I have voted in every election I could I have never registered with either corrupt party and don't even believe in primaries I think they are unconstitutional as they do not allow privacy when you vote. Let everyone run and then have a super bowl for an election, one game and that is it!. May the best person win!

    January 21, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. oust

    Somebody needs to oust her from office. Tired of hearing the goofy ideas coming from out west.

    January 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Alan

    Yet another strong indicator that the average national intelligence in this country is about an iq of 50...and the attention span is that of a gnat. It's proof we are a nation of fools and idiots and I have to say you will all get what you deserve. I just wish I didn't have to ride the ship to the bottom when you finish your 20-year task of bringing it down.

    January 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. southerncousin

    Boxer is one of those that needs to leave as soon as possible, ingloriously and in shame for what she has said in the past and what she has done to this country. She epitomizes the smarmy elitiest attitude of the liberals.

    January 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Just wondered if Campbell is a porn star? Seems to me that the repugs are digging deep into the barrel of slime, to find candidates.

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. noneofyourbusiness

    Does the phrase :Opportunistic GOP Politician" come to bear here?

    January 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Another Reformed Republican

    Let's wait and see who the teabaggers support; that will probably determine who the Refuseniks support in their primary.

    Until the Refuseniks come up with some plausible solutions to today's issues, they do not deserve to be elected. Just saying NO is not a solution; they need some fresh ideas!

    January 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Chanel

    I actually got a call from her campaign... my vote stays with Boxer

    January 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. j

    Boxer supports my views on the issues so I'm voting for her. I don't care how many Republicans run against her.

    January 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |