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Former eBay CEO's Lead Takes a Big Hit in Race for Governor

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In January, Republican candidate for Governor Meg Whitman had a 30 point lead over challenger Steve Poizner. Then the former eBay CEO had a 50 point lead. Now? Just 9 points, according to a new poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California.

“Meg Whitman has wasted $80 million on negative attack ads but conservatives are fighting back and they will not allow a liberal like Whitman to buy the Republican nomination," said Poizner, the state's current Insurance Commissioner, in a statement. "Despite Meg Whitman’s unprecedented spending, voters are rejecting her at a rapid pace because she supports amnesty, opposes the Arizona immigration law, and endorsed Barbara Boxer. Steve Poizner's plans to cut taxes across-the-board, protect Prop 13, and stop benefits to illegal immigrants, are causing his surge in the polls.”