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Final day of campaigning for GOP candidates

June 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
With less than 24 hours to go until Tuesday's primary election, Republican candidates for governor are trying to woo undecided voters. Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman both had events in Orange County Monday.The latest exclusive Eyewitness News Survey USA poll shows that Meg Whitman holds a 2 to 1 lead over her Republican opponent Steve Poizner. Whitman, the former CEO of EBay, is the clear victor with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Insurance commissioner Steve Poizner gets only 30 percent, and 5 percent are undecided.

In Pasadena earlier Monday Poizner held one more rally. Like his opponent, he talked about the need for jobs.

In March, after he started spending money, Poizner whittled Whitman's lead to a virtual tie. Then she started widening a lead that once hit 50 percent.

Whitman began in Menlo Park Monday morning and in Woodland Hills. She joined volunteers in making phone calls to prospective voters.

Whitman is confident that she'll make history as the first Republican female governor of California. She also celebrated her 30-year wedding anniversary to her brain surgeon husband Griff Harsh Monday.

Both candidates attacked the issues, but they also both focused on the Democrat one of them will face in Novembers election, California attorney general and former governor Jerry Brown.

"Jerry Brown has already been governor 35 years ago, and it was not a great run," said Whitman. "So we will talk about my record of working on creating jobs. You know, under Jerry Brown's first governor's race unemployment doubled to nearly 11 percent."

"I look forward to working with all of you," said Poizner. "Working together, we can and we will get this beautiful state back on track, and working together we will make sure that Jerry Brown retires once and for all. Thank you all."

It's the most expensive election in California history. Whitman is a billionaire and Poizner is a multi-millionaire, and so far they've together spent more than $100 million.

Jerry Brown hasn't had to spend anything.

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