Meg Whitman: $119M In, Still Lagging

Candidate has failed to be seen as exceptional
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2010 5:54 AM CDT
California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman takes a question as she is joined by husband Griff Harsh in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.   (AP)
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(Newser) – Meg Whitman has now spent more money than Michael Bloomberg—she's recently hit $119 million—in her quest to become governor of perhaps the fastest-imploding state in the union. That sum all but locked up Bloomberg's latest mayoral race, but Whitman is still struggling against what some see as a dream opponent, reports the New York Times. Jerry Brown, a career politician in a throw-the-rascals out environment, has spent only $4 million, and former eBay CEO Whitman has the business acumen that should give her a considerable advantage.

But Whitman's illegal housekeeper debacle has damaged her cred with a critical demographic for a Republican in Democrat-heavy California: Latinos. Though Whitman had been making inroads, experts also note that she's failed to be an exceptional candidate—dogged by questions about her failure to vote and eBay layoffs on her watch. “It’s not like she hasn’t used up every negative argument she has,” says a Brown adviser. “Because she has. I don’t think she can pull anything out of that bag of tricks that she hasn’t pulled out.”

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