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Can Whitman's spending move the tied polls?
Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/20/10 | Jack Chang

Posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:42 AM PDT by SmithL

Since Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown won their parties' nominations in June, tens of millions of dollars have been spent trying to break the statistical tie that's gripped the race for months.

Whitman, in particular, has blanketed the state in radio and TV ads touting her corporate experience and depicting Brown as a failed career politician. Brown hasn't spent anything on advertising yet, but his union allies have aired commercials attacking Whitman as the heartless former CEO of the online auction firm eBay.

With the general election season now at its halfway point, 10 weeks from the primary and 10 until the Nov. 2 vote, the campaigns remain stuck where they started – tied in every public opinion poll.

That presents a perplexing challenge for Whitman, who's been running paid advertising in the state for nearly a year – starting with a radio spot introducing her to voters last September.

Californians may now be tuning out all the ads or even turning a skeptical eye on them after watching for so long, said Clayton Critcher, a social psychologist and assistant professor of marketing at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: buyitnow; ca2010; ebay; goldenstate; governorshipforsale; megwhitman; moonbeam; whitman

1 posted on 08/20/2010 7:57:45 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Whitman can have the job in a walk if she'd promise to cut off bennies to illegals.

But, being a California politician, she's completely ignorant on this subject. She thinks its a better idea to appeal for their vote in Spanish.

2 posted on 08/20/2010 8:00:11 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SmithL

There is no real hope for Kalefornia, but I’d take somebody who ran a company and made payroll over moon beam any time. Perhaps she should embrace that heartless CEO image.


3 posted on 08/20/2010 8:02:53 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: SmithL
6 of one, half a dozen of the other, as far as I'm concerned.

I suppose Whitman could be better than Brown but right now, I don't really see it.

WASS!

4 posted on 08/20/2010 8:03:21 AM PDT by CAluvdubya ("Sarah Palin fights, we cannot spare her."--GonzoGOP)
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To: SmithL

Unless she convinces me she is to the right of Moonbeam, she’s wasting her money on me. Right now they look about the same to me.


5 posted on 08/20/2010 8:10:26 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: SmithL
Whitman has already said that she would cut off the benefits to illegals and fine employers that hire them. She said this is the best solution because this way they deport themselves.

The commercials she ran in spanish were directed at the legal citizens because they don't want the illegals here either.

Whitman is a hard a$$ but that is what we need. Unfortunately as long as the Democrats and the unions control Sacramento any governor's hands will be tied.

6 posted on 08/20/2010 8:15:44 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Barack the Bungler must step down.)
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To: SmithL

either way,

we lose.


7 posted on 08/20/2010 8:17:20 AM PDT by ken21 (who runs the gop?)
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To: SmithL

I believe the misinformed people of CA will chose Brown under the theme “Old times here are not forgotten.”


8 posted on 08/20/2010 8:21:04 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: SmithL

It’s to bad money is above the person’s character.


9 posted on 08/20/2010 8:23:51 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SmithL

We have no choice, either Moon beam, or Nut meg.. Califonia is doomed...


10 posted on 08/20/2010 8:27:16 AM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: SmithL
I see the Dems trolls are out in full force astroturfing away with the TIRED OLD LIES that there is no difference blah blah Propaganda.

The facts are Jerry Brown is a RADICAL ACCORN, SEIU , CNA flunky who will kill of Calif by letting the UNIONS DESTROY the state !

The UNION GOONS Are spending MILLIONS to STOP WHITMAN so there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE !

Dont fall for the DU TROLLS POSTING HERE.
Whitman will be able to VETO all the nutter bills cooked up the radical leftists like LENO and VETO the
census redistricting scams.

11 posted on 08/20/2010 8:35:59 AM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: BigBobber

What ???

The SEIU , CNA, Sierra Club lawyers , and the UAW are spending millions to STOP Whitman .

If they were so close then why are all these radical unions out in full force against here ?

She will stop these radicals.


12 posted on 08/20/2010 8:38:49 AM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: SmithL
Californians are apathetic on politics generally, put particularly so in the summer months. Wait until October 1st. That's when they'll start paying some attention to the various state-wide races.
13 posted on 08/20/2010 8:45:33 AM PDT by MissesBush (Stay angry--right through November)
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To: SmithL
Is Jerry Brown the best the Democrats have in California?

A tired old man, a retread numerous times.

How sad that a once-great state has fallen into such an abyss!!

14 posted on 08/20/2010 8:47:09 AM PDT by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: SmithL

Far left Gov. Moonbeam is one of the architects of California’s current state of despair...so I’ve got to vote for Nut Meg, RINO that she is.


15 posted on 08/20/2010 9:06:26 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

I am not from here but we are stuck here.

I am told by my officer mates that Moonbeam shifted the
road /bridge funds to the SEIU , Sierra Nutters, and the Nurse unions are created the UNION RUN hell hole that we are stuck in .

The nurses unions nutters are smearing Whitman with illgasl literature all over the 10 UC campuses.


16 posted on 08/20/2010 9:16:33 AM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: ncalburt

If Whitman is able to buy her way into office more power to her. She’ll get my vote, nothing more. Fiorina’s Senate run is more important for 2 reasons that have nothing to do with her: 1 A GOP win will do wonders towards a majority in the senate and 2: consider the alternative.


17 posted on 08/20/2010 9:31:35 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: JoanneSD

You people who think there is no difference between Whitman and Brown are nuts. The ONLY thing that held the Communist State Legislature in any kind of check has been Arnold’s veto pen. If Brown becomes Governor there will be nothing that stops morons like State Senator Dean Flores from passing every anti business law and regulation they can think of. Those of us in California must do everything we can to get Whitman elected or we are truly doomed.


18 posted on 08/20/2010 9:52:00 AM PDT by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: JoanneSD

You people who think there is no difference between Whitman and Brown are nuts. The ONLY thing that held the Communist State Legislature in any kind of check has been Arnold’s veto pen. If Brown becomes Governor there will be nothing that stops morons like State Senator Dean Flores from passing every anti business law and regulation they can think of. Those of us in California must do everything we can to get Whitman elected or we are truly doomed.


19 posted on 08/20/2010 9:52:03 AM PDT by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: DirtyDawg

Whats sad is liberal Sacramento has drowned the state and the inhabitants here will still vote them back in because they want their gay marriage and poy baggies to be legal.


20 posted on 08/20/2010 10:18:57 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Theodore R.
Times were much better in California the last time Brown was governor.

Because Reagan was president.

21 posted on 08/20/2010 10:37:39 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BigBobber

Given that Brown has already had a chance and didn’t do a lot of good that I have seen wouldn’t it be wise to give an “outsider” the chance rather then renue the old establishment people?


22 posted on 08/20/2010 11:18:53 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: ncalburt
I see the Dems trolls are out in full force...

Who are you referring to?

The only troll I see here is the one dissing conservative freepers by calling them Dem trolls, i.e. YOU.

23 posted on 08/20/2010 1:45:08 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("California just got the best politicians money can buy." -- AuntB, June 9, 2010)
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To: DirtyDawg
The ONLY thing that held the Communist State Legislature in any kind of check has been Arnold’s veto pen.

ROFL! Now that is funny!

Heck, Arnie SPONSORED and pushed many of those anti-business laws. How exactly do you think we ended up with AB32?

BTW, The Dems don't have a supermajority, yet. So there is something stopping moronic anti-business legislation -- it's called the Senate and the Assembly.

24 posted on 08/20/2010 2:07:33 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("California just got the best politicians money can buy." -- AuntB, June 9, 2010)
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To: JoanneSD; SmithL

I’m voting for the Libertarian Candidate, Dale Ogden, for Calif. Governor. He’s basically an expert on pensions, and a strong fiscal conservative - wants to cut govt. spending and reform unsustainable public union pensions. Our very own “Chris Christie” for 2010 CA Election cycle! We should think outside the box, send a message to the “usual” Socialists & RINOs we have to choose.


25 posted on 08/20/2010 4:47:20 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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