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May 8, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
The leading Republicans competing for their party's nomination for the U.S. Senate moved into the final phase of their campaign Friday, largely seeking to ignore each other and focus, instead, on the incumbent they hope to unseat, Democrat Barbara Boxer. The most recent polls have shown two of the candidates, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell, locked in a tight race for the June 8 primary, with Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore trailing in a distant third.
May 7, 2010
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May 3, 2010 | By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
Debating for the final time before next month's primary election, GOP gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner on Sunday engaged in a lively and personal joust, attacking each other's business dealings, political affiliations and consistency on policy issues. Much of the event consisted of thrusts and parries, with front-runner Whitman defending herself against Poizner's attacks and launching several of her own as the pair addressed topics including immigration, the environment and California's public pension system.
April 17, 2010 | By Evan Halper
The scene would have made any campaign advisor cringe. GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner was being shouted at by a throng of students and officials from a struggling San Jose high school where he had worked for a year. The book he wrote on that experience was patronizing nonsense, the protesters said. They demanded an accounting and told him he was not welcome on campus. The conventional campaign playbook seemed to dictate that the candidate now rush to roll out a bold initiative or make some other move to shift voter attention elsewhere, fast.
April 3, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld
At Mount Pleasant High School on Thursday morning, students practiced guitar in a courtyard and boned up on math before class. Parents met with the principal, and teens filtered in the doors. Faculty played an April Fool's joke, announcing that the school year had been extended. But amid the routine, tension rippled across the campus, set near the edge of a quiet San Jose neighborhood, over a book by Steve Poizner, a candidate in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Poizner, who spent a year teaching at the school, donated thousands of dollars to help its students and recorded his experiences in the book, has been told he is no longer welcome there.
March 28, 2010 | Steve Lopez
The numbers are astronomical. Some might say obscene. Billionaire Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for governor, could have bought an atoll with what she's spent on her campaign. She could have bought half a dozen California newspapers and filled them with photos of herself and stories about nothing else. In 11 weeks ending March 17, she spent $27 million, most of it on TV and radio ads. That brought her to a total expenditure of about $46 million since entering the race.
March 28, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker
Every so often, change can be seen not in what does happen but in what does not. His campaign for governor on the ropes, Republican Steve Poizner has been blaming illegal immigration for the state's troubled schools, its crowded emergency rooms and some of its massive budget deficit. Last week he began airing ads accusing GOP front-runner Meg Whitman of mimicking President Obama in her positions on illegal immigration -- specifically, a comment she made last year about envisioning "a path to legalization" for undocumented workers.
March 22, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy
Republican Meg Whitman spent $27 million on her campaign for governor in the first 11 weeks of the year, setting a record-shattering pace with a prime-time television ad blitz to introduce herself to voters and attack her GOP opponent, according to a disclosure statement she filed Monday. Whitman, the billionaire ex-chief of EBay, has spent $46 million since joining the race early last year, seven times more than either of her main rivals. Steve Poizner, the Republican state insurance commissioner, has been punished incessantly by Whitman's "Can't Trust Steve" ads on shows such as "American Idol," and lagged nearly 50 points behind her in last week's Field Poll.
March 21, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker
It is not surprising but it is confirmed: Money and frustration are driving California's elections this year. A Field Poll released last week demonstrated the dramatic edge that Republican Meg Whitman has given her campaign for governor by spending millions on a prodigious number of television ads: She was pummeling her Republican primary opponent, Steve Poizner, and was newly in a statistical tie with presumptive Democratic nominee Jerry Brown....
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