May 25th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Whitman's campaign 'leaving nothing to chance'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign in California is ‘leaving nothing to chance,’ according to a top advisor."](CNN) - With California's primary elections two weeks away and a 50-point lead over State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner down to single digits, one of Meg Whitman's top advisors said Tuesday her gubernatorial campaign is "leaving nothing to chance."

"We are running a highly integrated and targeted campaign," Jeff Randle, Whitman's senior advisor, told reporters Tuesday during a conference call in which he and Whitman's chief strategist detailed the campaign's volunteer and advertising efforts.

Randle said their effort to rally likely voters in the weeks leading up to the election includes a massive volunteer operation that he called "the largest volunteer organization that any Republican candidate for governor has ever put together."

Randle said that the campaign had recruited 19,646 volunteers as of this weekend. They operate in all of California's 58 counties, staff five field offices and have made over 300,000 phone calls to date, according to Randle.

According to a Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey released last week, Whitman holds 38 to 29 point lead over Poizner, but 31 percent of voters say they are undecided. A PPIC survey conducted in March had Whitman leading Poizner by a 61 to 11 percent margin.

"We have zero complacency in the campaign," said Mike Murphy, Whitman's chief strategist. "We always run like we're five to 10 points behind."

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET with a statement from Poizner communications director Jarrod Agen: “Meg Whitman has blown $80 million and squandered a 50-point lead because she’s tied closely to Goldman Sachs and Republicans don’t trust her to be strong on illegal immigration. After an unprecedented number of attack ads haven’t worked for Whitman, she’s now clinging to phone banks as her last chance. There is only one grassroots conservative candidate in this race and its Steve Poizner.”

Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. harold

    BUT.. the question is.. Has Meg Whitman solved any of the states problems yet?.......huh?

    May 25, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Meg Whitman is done. Hopefully it will be Poizner vs Brown with no elitist billionaire trying to buy her way into office.

    May 25, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. anotherGDlefty

    I wonder if she'll take the time to vote in her own election ?

    Shove off Meg.

    May 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Meg, you're going down.
    You were an idiot when McCain tapped you as an advisir. You sold off jobs to other countries in persuit of the bottom line.
    Even if (big if) you win the primary, you don't stand a chance in the general.

    May 25, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |