Whitman rebounds in California governor race -poll

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (BestGrowthStock) – Former eBay (EBAY.O: ) chief
executive Meg Whitman recovered a wide lead over her rival for
the Republican nomination in California’s governor race after
the pair stepped up their costly television campaigns accusing
each other of being too liberal, a poll showed on Sunday.

With less than two weeks before the June 8 primary, Whitman
led state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner by 53 percent to
29 percent, according to a poll organized by the Los Angeles
Times and the University of Southern California.

But the intense rivalry between the well-heeled Silicon
Valley veterans has helped boost the prospects of the
Democrats’ nominee, Jerry Brown.

The 72-year-old former governor, who has stuck to the
sidelines savoring the war of attrition, led Whitman by 44
percent to 38 percent. The last L.A. Times/USC survey, in
April, gave Whitman a three-point edge over Brown, and a
40-point lead over Poizner.

But other polls earlier in May saw Poizner narrow the gap
considerably as he launched a new television offensive
depicting Whitman as soft on illegal immigration and beholden
to the maligned banking sector.

Whitman replied with ads that, among other things, showed
that Poizner supported former Vice President Al Gore. She also
broadcast endorsements from former presidential contender Mitt
Romney and former California Governor Pete Wilson.

Whitman, a billionaire, has spent about $80 million and
Poizner about $25 million, funded mostly by their private bank
accounts.

Moderate Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — from
whom both Whitman and Poizner have distanced themselves — is
barred by term limits from seeking re-election. His 6-1/2-year
tenure has been marked by budget battles with the
Democratic-controlled legislature as the economy deteriorated.

In the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat held by
vulnerable three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer, former
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N: ) chief Carly Fiorina enjoyed a 15-point
lead over former U.S. Representative Tom Campbell. In March,
Campbell had a four-point lead over Fiorina.

But Campbell, a moderate, appeared more electable in a
state where Democrats easily outnumber Republicans. The latest
survey gave him a seven-point lead over Boxer, while Fiorina
trailed the liberal Democrat by six points.

The poll surveyed 1,506 registered voters from May 19 to
26, with a 2.6-point margin for error.

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(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Whitman rebounds in California governor race -poll