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National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Ad which will run statewide in California

A pretty obvious conclusion since they are spending the money.

It was the expenditure heard ’round the political world: The GOP is pouring $3 million into the race against Sen. Barbara Boxer on behalf of GOP nominee Carly Fiorina.

The news Monday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee planned to dump that much money into California, this late in the campaign, was enough to cause a double take. The NRSC was already in for $4.8 million in coordinated spending — making the nearly $8 million total expenditure in California the most the committee has publicly committed to any state this year and the most ever in California.

At the heart of the GOP investment is a belief that the race is much closer than Tuesday’s Public Policy Polling survey, which showed Boxer up 52-43, or last week’s Los Angeles Times poll that gave the incumbent an 8-point lead.

“For their turnout model to be accurate, it would have to mean a worse environment for Republicans than 2006,” a GOP operative familiar with the NRSC’s spending plans said of the Times survey. “We have two tracking polls that both show Carly only down 1 point and Boxer below 50, which is a bad place for an incumbent to be after so much spending.”

Recent polling also has convinced the GOP that voters are differentiating between Fiorina and gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, who appears to be sinking in her race against former Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Carly can win even if Meg doesn’t win,” the operative said.

I, also, feel California voters may very well split their ballot and vote for Jerry Brown, the Democrat but hedge their bets and vote for Fiorina, the Republican. A sort of balancing, as it were. Besides, Carly Fiorina does not have the “Nanny” problem of Whitman and Boxer is, well, an unpopular figure – ma’am, i mean Senator.

There is a throw the bums out mentality even in Left Coast Blue California but voters just can’t vote for Meg – so they vote for Carly instead and send Babs to retirement.

I bet all of the next few polls show Fiorina within the margin of error and Boxer well be below 50 per cent – a disaster for an incumbent.

But, stay tuned as Carly mends from an infection and tries to heal up in time for last minute campaigning.

Anything can happen folks, as this race goes down to the wire.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo with Ross Amin while visiting a a phone bank at Republican headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010

From the press release:
U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s Chief of Staff Deborah Bowker today issued the following statement:

“Carly learned more than a year and a half ago that she, like millions of women, had breast cancer. After successfully battling cancer, she had reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer free today. However, this morning Carly came down with an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection. While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon. Carly is looking forward to getting back to her full campaign schedule and to defeating Barbara Boxer on November 2.”

It is my understanding that Carly will be making a quick recovery and will be on the campaign trail very soon. IV antibiotics are easily administered and any incision and drainage can be accomplished relatively easily. I would say that depending upon the spread of the infection and any associated malaise, Carly should be back within a day or so.

I did note that she was speaking over the weekend with a hoarse throat/voice and all of the run around campaigning cannot be too good for your general health.

So, my advice to Carly is to take it easy and take a few days off, if need be.

Update:

I was gone most of the day today visiting my foot doctor in Long Beach and obtaining long overdue running orthotics for my running/walking abused feet. In any case, I could not beleive when I returned that this was the ONLY response from the Barbara Boxer Campaign:

The Boxer camp quickly sounded a sympathetic note. “We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon,” said campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski. However, Boxer spokesman Scott Sakakihara said the campaign doesn’t plan to let up on its attack ads.

Damn, wouldn’t you think for at least good PR purposes that Boxer would phone Carly. Maybe voluntarily suspend those nasty attack ads that accuse Fiorina of being some wealthy maven who loves to lay off employees and nefariously send their jobs to China and India in order to fund her five corporate jets.

But, I know and California voters know that Barbara Boxer is NOT a class act.

I think she will pay the political price.

Again, best wishes to Carly and I hope she takes all of the time she needs to recuperate. Infections are no fun. Believe me I know.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo with Ross Amin while visiting a a phone bank at Republican headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010

From the press release:
U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s Chief of Staff Deborah Bowker today issued the following statement:

“Carly learned more than a year and a half ago that she, like millions of women, had breast cancer. After successfully battling cancer, she had reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer free today. However, this morning Carly came down with an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection. While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon. Carly is looking forward to getting back to her full campaign schedule and to defeating Barbara Boxer on November 2.”

It is my understanding that Carly will be making a quick recovery and will be on the campaign trail very soon. IV antibiotics are easily administered and any incision and drainage can be accomplished relatively easily. I would say that depending upon the spread of the infection and any associated malaise, Carly should be back within a day or so.

I did note that she was speaking over the weekend with a hoarse throat/voice and all of the run around campaigning cannot be too good for your general health.

So, my advice to Carly is to take it easy and take a few days off, if need be.

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This ad is part of a $3-million independent expenditure by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Obviously, the ad targets California women voters a demographic which Carly Fiorina needs to do better according to numerous polls. The $3-million expenditure should guarantee statewide play throughout the last week of the campaign.

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