California TV station KTVU catches Senator Dianne Feinstein in an honest moment in this on-camera interview. Asked about how the prospects look for Democrats in seven days, Feinstein replies, “Bad.” The reporter helpfully clarifies by specifying the House, while Feinstein thinks the chances of holding the Senate look somewhat better. Feinstein then sings the Democratic midterm anthem of outside money and last-minute advertising being the biggest reason for Democratic woes, while at the same time dismissing their effectiveness. Click the image to watch:
Carolyn Lochhead at the SFGate website notes that it’s pretty remarkable that Democrats find themselves coming to Barbara Boxer’s rescue in “deep-blue California”:
Boxer is locked in a toss up with Republican Carly Fiorina. Although an LAT poll over the weekend put Boxer ahead 8 points, most other polls, including internal GOP polls, show Fiorina about a point behind.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, after the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it was raising its bid on Fiorina by $3 million yesterday, said it was coming to Boxer’s aid, but wouldn’t say by how much.
Pretty remarkable that Dems are having to defend deep blue California. It’s clear this is the toughest race Boxer has run since her election in 1992.
How tough? Fox News has a new poll out today from California showing Jerry Brown gaining some momentum over Meg Whitman in the gubernatorial race, but Boxer stuck in a dead heat against Fiorina:
In a poll of likely voters, Brown led Whitman by 9 points, 50 percent to 41 percent, compared to last week when his margin was only 5 points. Whitman led in the first Fox News battleground state poll, taken Sept. 11, by 6 points.
Boxer, meanwhile, has been less successful at shaking Fiorina. The three-term incumbent leads former tech CEO Fiorina by 4 points, 48 percent to 44 percent, the same as last week and similar to all four weeks of Fox polling.
Barack Obama remains barely above water in California with a job-approval rating of 47/46, but Boxer is well below that at 41/50. A majority favors a partial or total repeal of ObamaCare, 56/40, over keeping or expanding it. The sample shows a D+5 in a state with a D+13 registration advantage, but which may reflect the eventual turnout model for the state. In any case, Boxer isn’t closing the deal in a deep-blue state, and that means Fiorina has a shot at victory here. If she didn’t, Feinstein wouldn’t be hitting the campaign trail, and the DSCC wouldn’t be dumping millions to protect Boxer.
Update: This is a tough break for Carly Fiorina in the final week of campaigning:
California Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina has been hospitalized with an infection related to her post-breast-cancer surgery, according to her campaign.
Fiorina was admitted to an unspecified Los Angeles hospital Tuesday morning to receive antibiotics, according to a statement released by her chief of staff, Deborah Bowker. The illness takes Fiorina off the campaign trail at a crucial time in her tough contest with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. …
The current illness is “an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery,” but Fiorina “remains cancer free today,” according to the campaign statement.
Get well soon, Carly.