June 5th, 2010
01:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Fiorina front-runner in California GOP Senate battle

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.fiorina.gi.jpg caption="Another poll shows Carly Fiorina is the frontrunner for the California GOP Senate nomination."]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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Filed under: California • Carly Fiorina • Chuck DeVore • Tom Campbell
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Independent One

    None of the candidates will beat Boxer

    June 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    I thought people in California were more savvy of politics, then again it IS the repugs after all.
    Do a little investigation into fiorina and what a loser she is – remember HP? devore is a teabagger – that pretty much says it all.

    June 5, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Republicans is smart in the head area

    She's useless. Boxer will be re-elected.

    June 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Jim

    May God have mercy on each one of us !!

    June 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. John from Brooklyn

    Typical of the GOP. It doesn't matter about Fiorina's competence or ethics as a business leader. Just as long as she has money, she's an attractive candidate, right GOP?

    June 5, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Larry

    She looks like something out of the Addams Family.

    Wake up California! Do you want to get your state straightened out or don't you?

    Hewlitt Packard fired this woman for incompetence. Do you want her as your senator? Seems you have enough problems already.

    June 5, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. normajean

    In a TV ad Forina says she went from receptionist to CEO. I can only say I may have been born at night, but it wasn't LAST NIGHT. I've only heard of one way anyone could do that. Not only that but didn't she sink Hewlett Packard? At least thats what you, the media keep saying.!

    June 5, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Jon S.

    Amazing. The best the GOP can put forward in this senate race is a woman who was forced out of H-P due to her mediocre leadership of that company. I guess the California GOP thinks Fiornina needs a chance to reach a higher level of incompetence.

    June 5, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why would anyone trust Fiorina, she's a back stabber and has one ambition only and that's hitting back at Hewitt-Packard for being fired for poor performance causing the lost thousands of jobs. This woman has an axe to grind and it doesn't include working for you the people of California.

    June 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. She means business

    Go Carly!

    June 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. grrace

    Californians don't care for Fiorina, so she doesn't have a chance. It's Boxer all the way! We LOVE SENATOR BOXER!

    June 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Horray for Florida and having a brain for not supporting whatever crap the tea party throws out in the open

    June 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Ryan


    June 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Jake

    Wasn't she fired from her HP CEO job? And now the Republicans want her to be a Senator? Go figure ...

    June 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Bob of Lompoc

    I live in CA, do not know the answer to this Q: Is she in, or out, of the closet?

    Why gives a Woman With No Hair, who was fired as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, for almost sinking the firm, the idea she can be elected to the U. S. Senate, from ANY State?

    Republicans: It is more fun watching them that going to the Zoo.

    June 5, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    So glad I'm not a republiCANT. The choices on that side are: a-right, b-far right and c-right over the edge.

    June 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. CMG

    She couldn't successfully run Hewlett Packard, but somehow the people think she can run the state of California. My goodness, what am I missing?

    June 5, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Samuel

    Personally I should think that the best choice would be Campbell since he's not the disgraced former CEO of a Fortune 500 company ousted after a spying scandal or a supported by a group whose core constituency is comprised of racists, birthers, and other assorted mental deficients. In the end, it matters not. Boxer is doing a fine job and will easily win reelection,

    June 5, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Anyone but Boxer. Charles Manson would make a better representative for California than Barbara Boxer.

    June 5, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Let me see

    She can outsource the rest of California to India and lay everyone off; Run the state totally into the Pacific (like she did HP), and get a promotion, raise, and kudos from the GO Party of NO.

    Fiorina for Pres. of India 2012.

    June 5, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. gg

    As a Californian, I'm already sick of this lady's bitter partisanship and pandering to the right wing base of the Republican party. She won't win in November.

    June 5, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Scott

    Carly is a pathetic candidate. She was bad for HP, and will make a terrible GOP candidate for Senate.

    June 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Craig

    I don't think she stands much of a chance against Boxer

    June 5, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. d-man

    Okay, all together now......"AND THEN THERE'S MAUDE!!!.....AND THEN THERE'S MAUDE!!!!".

    June 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |