Three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is in her toughest re-election campaign ever, finding herself in a virtual tie with two of her possible Republican opponents while her disapproval rating is rising, according to a Field Poll released today.
Boxer trails former South Bay Rep. Tom Campbell 44 to 43 percent, and barely leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 45 to 44 percent, according to the survey of 748 likely voters this month. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Boxer leads Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, 45 to 41 percent.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
There's new polling in the CA Senate race showing each of the GOP candidates within striking distance of Barbara Boxer. In fact, Tom Campbell and Carly Fiorina are within the margin of error and Chuck DeVore lies just beyond it. Maybe dreams really do come true: Boxer In virtual Tie With Top GOP Rivals
Campbell is actually leading Boxer, which almost seems like a miracle. Of course, that creates the inevitable quandary: should the state GOP nominate a guaranteed "moderate" like Campbell, or hold out for the conservative Chuck DeVore. I know that there are times when it is better to build the caucus, but DeVore is not far behind Campbell, and wouldn't show up in DC with a record of supporting the sort of "borrow & tax" policies that the voters have been rejecting. Also Campbell gives every indication of being the sort of mushy wimp who would wilt under the inevitable attacks from Boxer and her many allies. Still, DeVore's path to the nomination keeps getting longer and narrower, which at this point is too damn bad.