June 8th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
5 years ago

California Republicans batter each other in primaries

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.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • GOP
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    These two GOP politicians are trying to buy an election. Campaign reform is needed to fix a corrupt system of financing elections. Public financing of elections would level the playing field and make elections more transparent and honest.

    June 8, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. carlos

    republicans are sick, repulsive and repugnant.....ALL OF THEM

    June 8, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Indy

    It should never be "He or She who has most money wins" and this is enough to make a person wretch. Politics has gotten so far out of control and reality and needs to be brought back to earth. You have people like Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachmann,Boehner,McConnel, Rand Paul etc,etc, which looks more like a casting call for "One Who Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" then any serious political party.

    June 8, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Christian

    All of this means nothing without the cooperation from California's legislature, and guess what....they won't get it. Your choices are either become a movie star or a porn star. You will need to be that rich and dirty to afford to live here or own a business.

    June 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Marry

    If one considers the money that is poured into these races for power, two thoughts cross my mind immediately. First, the rich have a very light tax-load to be able to acquire and spend that kind of money. The second though is that the “rich” usually know what to do with money and it seems they think it must be a good deal to invest into politics when you can turn around and multiply that investment being in a position where you can take it from the special interest. I find it very suspicious and hard to believe that this effort is “for the people”! If it were, the candidates should be able to convince the voter with their integrity and with the work they hope to do.

    June 8, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Lori

    I'm tired of seeing Whitman on TV. She's on all the time. I was going to vote for her,despite her voting record, in November, but I can't stand her anymore. I'm an Independent and will be voting for Jerry Brown.

    I've never liked Fiorina. How can you vote for someone who outsourced American jobs?!!!!! I don't even know who she's running against, Tom Campbell maybe??? So I will be voting for Barbra Boxer.

    June 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. both former CEOs

    neither is a good choice, California is doomed

    June 8, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |