Los Angeles (CNN) - With three days to go until California's primary, a second straight survey indicates that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is the front runner in the battle for the Republican Senate nomination.
According to a Field Poll released Saturday, 37 percent of likely GOP primary voters back Fiorina, with 22 percent supporting former Rep. Tom Campbell and 19 percent pulling for state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, with one in five undecided.
Fiorina also held a 15 point advantage over Campbell in a USC/Los Angeles Times survey released a week ago.
Many polls conducted earlier this year indicated that Campbell was leading the battle for the Republican nomination. Although he's in third place, the most recent surveys suggest that DeVore, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, has doubled his support since March.
The winner will face off in November against three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Forty-two percent of those questioned in the Field Poll say Fiorina has the best chance of defeating Boxer in the general election, with 22 percent saying Campbell is the best candidate to beat Boxer, and 12 percent indicating DeVore would be the strongest GOP nominee to take on Boxer.
The Field Poll was conducted May 27-June 2, with 511 likely California Republican primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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Los Angeles (CNN) – After being dark for two days in the crucial home stretch of the primary campaign because of a shortage of cash, Republican Senatorial Candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air Thursday with a new television ad touting his electability.
"I do have something neither of my opponents can offer. The Los Angeles Times announced a poll that shows me beating Sen. Barbara Boxer by 7 points. Carly Fiorina loses to Barbara Boxer by 6 points. Let's not lose this historic opportunity to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer," says Campbell in his new ad.
However, that Los Angeles Times/USC survey, which was released this past weekend, also indicates that Campbell, who led the field several months ago, now trailing Fiorina in the GOP primary contest 38 percent to 23 percent. Campbell, a social moderate who backs abortion rights, maintains he can attract the more moderate voters that are needed in order for Republicans to convert the seat come November.
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin broke ranks with the conservative movement on Thursday and endorsed former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in California's Republican Senate primary, prompting a flurry of criticism from many of her loyal supporters.
After Palin announced the endorsement on her Facebook page, a number of her followers questioned why she would side with Fiorina instead of the more conservative candidate in the race, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
DeVore has the backing of several leading voices in the conservative movement, including Sen. Jim DeMint, RedState.com editor Erick Erickson and the Tea Party Express.
Though a handful of readers agreed with Palin's decision, most were upset.
"This is very, very disappointing," Rick Sheridan, one of her supporters, posted on Palin's page. "Sarah, you've got to be more careful. This woman does not represent conservative values. And the choice is so clear. Serious damage to your base here."
Washington (CNN) - California politicos just can't seem to get their fill of mutton.
Following in the footsteps of Republican Carly Fiorina's Senate campaign, the California Democratic Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have released a "demon sheep" Web video of their own.
In February, Fiorina released a quirky Web video accusing fellow Republican Rep. Tom Campbell of being a fiscal liberal – a jab that took the form of an ominous three-minute clip depicting gathering storm clouds and evil-looking livestock.
Fast forward three months and the tables have turned on Fiorina with the release of "Demon Sheep II," a faux movie trailer complete with plenty of red-eyed sheep and a narrator that says in a booming voice: "Carly has been very, very B-A-A-A-A-A-A-D."
The video, subtitled "The Fleecing of California," mainly targets Fiorina, but also mentions her fellow Republican candidates Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore.
(CNN) – In just 24 hours, the three-way Republican Senate primary in California has descended into a squabble over bloated budgets, "demon sheep" and now ... mutton.
The latest jab comes courtesy of Tom Campbell - the brainy budget wizard and former Republican congressman doing battle with Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore for the GOP nomination. On Thursday, Campbell finally hit back at Fiorina for her campaign's bizarre new Web video accusing Campbell of being a fiscal liberal - an ominous three minute clip depicting gathering storm clouds and evil-looking livestock.
The video instantly became the subject of Internet mockery when it was posted on Wednesday.
Earlier: DeVore campaign slams Fiorina video
"Carly Fiorina's campaign is in full Mutton Meltdown mode, with an increasingly bizarre fixation on farm animals," Campbell spokesman Jamie Fisfis said in a statement Thursday. "She's admitted missing a decade's worth of opportunities to vote for budget reform, but instead of offering solutions, all she has for voters are dogs, cats and demon-sheep."
Fisfis said that "contrary to Carly Fiorina's insulting portrayal of fiscal conservatives as sheep, these are in fact involved people who engage the issues and ask tough questions. And unlike Carly Fiorina, they have fought alongside Tom Campbell on the front lines of spending reform and supported these reforms with their votes."
UPDATE: The Fiorina campaign argues that the "demon sheep" buzz is only drawing more attention to their message - that Campbell can't be trusted when it comes to taxes and spending.
(CNN) – California's three-way Republican Senate primary is heating up after the Carly Fiorina's campaign released a controversial Web video targeting rival Tom Campbell.
In the video, Fiorina takes issue with Campbell's views on tax and budgetary issues during his tenure in public service. Campbell has previously served as a U.S. Congressman, a California state Senator, as California's Finance Director and as a member of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.
Entitled "FCINO," the online video seeks to portray Campbell as a "Fiscal Conservative In Name Only." In an effort to paint Campbell as a proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing when it comes to fiscal conservatism, the more than 3-minute video contains multiple images of real sheep. The Web video ends with images of a man crawling around on all fours in a sheep's costume that has red glowing eyes.
The video has been dubbed "demon sheep" by many political observers who have panned the video. In conjunction with the release of the video, the Fiorina campaign also rolled out www.fcino.com on Wednesday.
The campaign of Fiorina's other rival, Chuck DeVore, is wasting no time slamming the Fiorina camp for its latest online effort.
(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.