Polls have shown that the public is receptive to such a message in the wake of a series of corruption scandals, including an FBI investigation in Sacramento that resulted in the conviction Friday of state Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) on seven counts of extortion, racketeering and money laundering.
Hill has been most heavily attacked because he is still a target in that same FBI investigation. But Ferguson complained that "they tar the brush over and it gets on my name, too."
Abortion may also play a significant role in the outcome Tuesday.
The pro-choice movement, which was a major factor in two recent legislative races, has been working on behalf of Isles, the only pro-choice Republican in the race. Pro-choice groups from Orange and Los Angeles counties endorsed Isles, believing that a Democratic victory is unlikely in the 31st District.
As a result, Isles is using the same formula that Assemblywoman Tricia Hunter (R-San Marcos) employed in her victory last October by appealing to Democratic voters to cross party lines and cast their votes on the single issue of abortion.