June 7th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
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Crucial contests from coast to coast Tuesday

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A number of high-profile primary battles highlight races in 12 states Tuesday, including a senator trying to save her political life and a runoff in a special congressional election to fill a vacant House seat.

In California, a large state with pricey television markets, campaigning can be expensive. But that doesn't seem to be a problem for wealthy candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner in the battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent around $70 million of her own money. Poizner, California's insurance commissioner and a self-made multimillionaire, has injected some $25 million of his money into his campaign.

The most recent polls of likely GOP primary voters indicate that Whitman leads Poizner by around a 2-1 margin. The Republican winner in Tuesday's primary likely will face off in the general election against state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former two-term governor and the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    70million....25 million....

    And this is the party that's going to tell you what "wasteful spending" is?

    June 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. 90% of an Iceberg is Underwater

    Let's talk about the PINK ELEPHANT in the room shall we?

    Why hasn't any journalist proactively done a story on why ANYONE would spend $70M or $25M to win a job that only pays about $150,000 per year for a 6 year period ... that is to say ... $900,000?

    Who else is funneling money to these people ... how much ... and when .... that it makes sense for them to spend such HUGE personal amounts to get elected.

    Their egos cant be that big .... what are they meglomanics too?

    June 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. SethC

    We will see what the people of USA, will do, do they have short term memories, or are talking out of both sides of their mouth, we need change, and I don't mean party lines, I mean qualified people, who want back the USA, as it should be by the constitution.

    June 7, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. katiec

    How any intelligent voter can support a republican who stands for big business, same ole failed republican policies, a party with goals to destroy our president, win at any cost, party, Wall St first, with no workable ideas of their own, filled with hypocrasy, lies, distortions is beyond me.
    We are trying to survive the destruction they caused in eight years and the survival of our country is based on making sure they are not re-elected. Their obstruction, lack of concern for our country and welfare of the American people is almost criminal.

    June 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Dan, TX

    The centrists need to stand up to the left and right and support President Obama. Do you really want the right wing idiots or the liberal loonies running this country? Obama has proven to be a moderate and reasonable person. We need to beat back the fools on the left and right.

    June 7, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Pragmatic

    It seems to take money to buy an election ... where are the donations from the "average American?" Or can only the personally rich run these days ... and of course, thanks to the Supreme Court, any big company with the funds to buy the representative of their choice ...

    June 7, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    If you trust this woman,you are a moron.

    June 7, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Ben Carlisle

    Ain't this great? The rest of us get to do our patriotic duty and pay higher taxes to cover this.

    June 7, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Enough

    Time to retire Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer.............these 2 have go to go.

    June 7, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you're so very rich and in need of a new challenge just buy yourself a political job just like buying a yatch, mansions, bentleys and people.

    June 7, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |