Los Angeles, California (CNN) – After months of brutal campaigning, a barrage of negative campaign ads and spending in excess of $100 million, California Republicans will go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will represent their party against two Democratic stalwarts.
Two women, both former CEOs and largely self-financing their runs, have captured a lot of attention as they run for office for the first time and are favorites in their respective races.
The marquee event has been the campaign for governor, with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman pitted against state insurance commissioner and former technology company CEO Steve Poizner. The race has set a record for spending in a state primary with the two pouring in well over $100 million. Of the $80 million Whitman has put into her campaign, more than $71 million is her own money, while Poizner has spent about $25 million of his own funds.
Whitman, who would be the first female nominee for governor if she wins the primary, is well ahead of Poizner in the latest polls.