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Final vote push for GOP Senate candidates

June 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Tuesday's primary election will set the stage for a Republican challenge to longtime Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.After months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent on ads, the candidates are making a final push for votes.

Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina worked the phones, talking to potential voters at a phone bank in Burbank, and giving words of encouragement to her campaign workers.

"If we're fortunate enough to win tomorrow night, it will be because we have a great team," said Fiorina.

A new Eyewitness news poll conducted by Survey USA shows Fiorina is far ahead in this race. It shows her leading with 48 percent of Republican voters.

Former Congressman Tom Campbell has 22 percent and Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has 16 percent; 9 percent of voters are still undecided.

"We're very pleased with the trends in the polls, obviously, but we take nothing for granted, and that's why these folks are here at a phone bank," said Fiorina. "It's why I have spent the last four days up and down this state."

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO has far outspent her two main rivals. Over the last few weeks she loaned about $3 million of her own money to her campaign.

Meanwhile, Campbell had to cancel several television ads. Eyewitness News called and e-mailed his campaign but received no response.

Other polls show that Campbell would beat incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in the general election. The same poll shows Fiorina losing to Boxer.

Fiorina feels, however, that in the general election, her message will resonate with moderate voters.

"Independents think the number one issue is jobs. And the number two issue is out-of-control government spending. And so do a lot of Democrats," said Fiorina. "I think people right now in California are united in the reality that bigger and bigger government, higher and higher spending, higher and higher taxes, thicker and thicker regulations are costing us our jobs."

Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore was in Sacramento at the capitol, where the Assembly was in session.

"Normal environment, polls can be a good barometer of what's going on, but 2010 is not a normal environment," said DeVore. "Not with the Tea Party. Not with this restive concern of voters. So I think that there's going to be some surprises on election day."

In primaries most people in California actually vote by mail and have already sent in their ballots. So there is a lot of work and campaigning going on Monday night to reach those last-minute undecided voters.

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