October 25th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
12 years ago

NRSC to infuse $3 million into Californian Senate battle

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are dropping more cash into California's close contest for the Senate.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it's injecting $3 million in ad spending into California this week on behalf of GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina. They say that brings to nearly $8 million the amount the NRSC has spent on behalf of the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

The ad buy comes as a Los Angeles Times/USC poll indicated that three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer held a 50 to 42 percent advantage over Fiorina among likely California voters.

Republicans are pushing back on that survey, saying their own internal numbers suggest a closer race. Other recent non-partisan polls over the past few weeks indicated that Boxer held a smaller single digit advantage over Fiorina.

"This critical spending continues to demonstrate our confidence that the California Senate race is neck and neck," says NRSC Press Secretary Amber Marchand.

The Boxer campaign acknowledges that they will be outspent when it comes to ad buys in these closing days leading up the November 2 election if the NRSC does spend another $3 million in the last week of the campaign, alongside ad expenditures by the Fiorina campaign. The Boxer campaign wouldn't reveal their television commercial buys for the last week of the campaign, but they do say they are currently up with ads in ten media markets in the Golden State, as well as putting up commercials in Spanish.

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Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • NRSC
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Sandra

    One thing for sure. This election will turn out the best candidates that money (Special interests) can buy. It doesn't mean they are the best candidates for normal Americans. It just goes to show how ignorant people are.

    October 25, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. My Comment

    Fiorina couldn't even run a company, let alone a state. Plus she's endorsed by an extremist, Sarah Palin. I wouldn't vote for her if my life depended on it.

    October 25, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. real bad bagger policies

    It is amazing how much money millionaire republicans can get from billionaires just by saying they will repeal the minimum wage.

    October 25, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. 8 Days until Socialism dies in the United States!!

    Everybody acknowledges that left-wing LA Times poll is pure fanntasy. The race is dead even. I hope this additional money will push Fiorina over the top. Quite frankly, it's surprising that the people of California would keep sending this leftist lunatic back to Congress. These leftist DemocRATS have bankrupted California and now are doing it to the entire country. The rest of the country is waking up and seeing the real picture FINALLY. I guess California is too high on their medicinal marrygeewanna to figure it or or give a damn. I guess they are expecting the federal government (and the rest of the country) to bail them out.

    October 25, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. real bad bagger policies

    Any republican candidate who has a history of shipping jobs overseas will get millions for their campaign.

    October 25, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    It is great that the republicons are wasting a lot of money. Ms. Fiorina is a failed CEO who should never be given any
    responsibility for real people and real problems. She should go and join Linda and her freak circus in CT.

    October 25, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. gt

    boxer and murray have been in office way to long.... time for new ideas ,,,,not life time politians....retire .. your plenty old enough....

    October 25, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. ramtruck2500

    Ya right another teabagger with outsider status except her campaign is already funded by washington insiders. Do you really think shes not an insider??? SHE HAS BEEN ALREADY BOUGHT STUPID!

    October 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Hugo

    Boxer a 28 year component of the liberal progressive experiment that has brought the once most prosperous State in the Union to its knees. It amazes me that anyone in California could vote for this shrew, unless they were of course stoned or in harmonious choir singing Goombya! To me it is very simple, I want to work hard and reap the benefits of my labor, I do not want a lions share of my earnings going to pay for someone that does not work or to fund some overstuffed pension and healthcare the likes of which I would never have for some government employee whose sole purpose it is, is to thwart my attempt at reaching the American dream. I never realized before until this last election how blatant their attempt to take over America and steal our individual liberties they have reached. VOTE THE DEM's OUT, downsize with common sense in accordance to our Constitution, you all remember that don't you?

    October 25, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Typical GOPer/TeaPer response. Throw enough money around and problem solved. Certainly isn't showing much fiscal restraint in a recession, but there you have it. Fiscal restraint isn't a GOPer/TeaPer trait. Never has been. Never will be. Looks as if the GOPers/TeaPers haven't much else to fall back on though. GOPer/TeaPers message of unlimited spending is getting out and people aren't liking what they hear. American votes can't be bought. Just ask Megabucks Whitman. Gotta love the eliminating minimum wage crowd of GOPers/TeaPers: You can't have it (pay raises) , but we sure are going to use our millions to get you to vote for us. What a slap in the face, to be sure.

    October 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. keepstufingthis

    What ever it takes to get rid of that anti-military, anti tax payer, socialist clown Boxer.

    October 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    Maybe she can fix the California budget by outsourcing more jobs.

    October 25, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Carly Fiorina has the strong support of most people I know here in Southern California and many of them are current HP employees. She was a strong, visionary leader at HP...much different than the employment butcher Mark Hurd who was hired after she left. Because of Carly's leadership, HP is now the largest personal computer manufacturer in America and employs thousands here and abroad. She is what California and America need in the US Senate, not Barbara 'Washington business as usual' Boxer.

    October 25, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Sgt. Joe

    It will take more than money, GOP. Fiorina is a proven loser; she was fired by HP for heaven's sake! Why would anyone in their right mind vote for a failed CEO? She's all about herself as is Whitman. No thanks from us sane folks in CA!

    October 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Peace

    Why can't NRSC give it up already. 141 million of Meg Whitman hasn't changed peoples mind. Do they think even dropping 20 million more for Fiorina will do!!!!!

    October 25, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Stephen

    Someone who was fired from her last job and received a multi-million dollar severance package should not represent people from any state.

    October 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. The Unsub

    just vote!!

    October 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    It is unbelievable they are this close. Fiorina shipped jobs overseas people. Is this what you call helping California? She's another millionaire who only looks out for herself. I hope the people of CA wake-up and send her packing this November.

    October 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |