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  Once left for dead, Poizner is making it a race
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Last EditedHikikomori Blitzkrieg!  May 05, 2010 02:13am
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AuthorThomas D. Elias
News DateTuesday, May 4, 2010 12:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFor months, most so-called political experts in California assumed the fall race for governor will pit Republican billionaire Meg Whitman against Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

“In the annals of California political history, very few campaigns have been worse than that which Steve Poizner has run for governor,” longtime Republican consultant Tony Quinn, now an editor of the California Target Book political guide, wrote in a major newspaper. He used words like “keystone kops” to describe Poizner’s effort.

“(Poizner’s) campaign is finished,” intoned the Wall Street Journal.

And yet, for almost a month, public polls and private surveys by both Republican and Democratic politicians have shown Poizner narrowing a gap that once had him as far as 50 percentage points behind Whitman, the former eBay chief executive who has spent more than $60 million so far, barraging Californians with seemingly ubiquitous radio and television commercials for the last eight months.
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