Politics & Policy

Feinstein: Election Situation ‘Bad’

How are things going in California? According to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, speaking off-camera to reporters just before a Sen. Barbara Boxer campaign event, matters are “bad.”

Asked by a reporter to clarify if she meant in the House, where the Democrats are expected to lose a significant number of seats, Feinstein did not answer.

For Boxer, accustomed to winning races by ten to twenty points, this senate race has been unusually competitive. The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Boxer leading by 2.8 points.

Fiorina has loaned her campaign a million, making the two campaigns tied for cash on hand in the last days of the campaign — a stark contrast from 2004, when GOP senate candidate Bill Jones never raised enough to run a TV ad. (Fiorina’s had five running in various media markets throughout the state.) The National Republican Senatorial Committee is spending another $3 million on TV ads before Election Day.

Boxer recently spent $4 million on TV ads, a figure that has the Fiorina campaign suspecting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has pitched in to help Boxer, since that amount exceeds the $2.27 million Boxer reported having in the bank as of October 13. The DSCC has neither confirmed nor denied assisting Boxer. 

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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