Considering the rise of incumbent unpopularity and the fact that Senator Barbara Boxer –– the three-term Democratic senator –– is confronting her own unfavorable rating, which has recently shot up to 51 percent; Boxer is now facing what is expected to be her toughest re-election “bout” yet. However, President Obama has decided to step in as “promoter in chief” and will be making a trip to California next month to help raise money for Boxer and the Democratic National Committee: a fundraiser event that is set to take place in Los Angeles.
Boxer, a staunch progressive, needs a jolt to her campaign because Republican hopefuls are closing in. The latest Rasmussen poll puts Boxer in a virtual dead heat with Tom Campbell in California’s U.S. Senate race and Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore remain within striking distance.
The three Republican candidates, who are in a match of their own fighting to get into the "ring" with Boxer, are aggressively stepping up their strategies and snatching strong “ringside” support. Carly Fiorina, the wealthy former Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard, just last week secured a very high profile endorsement by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Tom Campbell, on the other hand, is a former member of Congress, who seems to fit the moderate Republican profile, has the backing of Conservative GOP politician Bill Simon. Meanwhile, Chuck DeVore, a Republican Assemblyman, has just snagged the support of the Tea Party Express, which will be announced today at a mega rally –– located in Senator Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nevada and headlined by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
So far it looks like Fiorina has a slight lead over Campbell, while DeVore trails behind. The Republican California primary coming up in June will be fascinating to watch and its outcome will decide who will get into the much anticipated political bout with Boxer. And with such an important midterm election coming up in November, that looming question arises: will Boxer get “knocked out” of the California senate seat, marking a predominately liberal state into the “red?"
With "dope" now on the 2010 California November ballot, which has the possibility of turning California "brown," coupled with an unpredictable political climate, it is safe to assume anything can happen!