Pro-Abortion Boxer Leads Pro-Life Carly Fiorina in California by Five Percent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 11, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Boxer Leads Pro-Life Carly Fiorina in California by Five Percent

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 11
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — The first poll coming out of California following Tuesday’s primary election, where pro-life candidate Carly Fiorina is taking on stalwart abortion activist Sen. Barbara Boxer, shows Fiorina trailing by five percent. The race will likely become one of the marquee battles for the pro-life movement in 2010.

The new Rasmussen Reports poll shows both Boxer and Fiorina received small bumps in their numbers after the Tuesday election.

Now, its survey of likely voters has Boxer picking up 48% support over Fiorina’s 43% and another 5 percent support another candidate while five percent are undecided.

Support for both nominees is at its highest level so far this year as the last poll conducted before the primary election had Boxer with a 45 to 38 percent lead over Fiorina.

"Before the Republican Primary, Fiorina was running worse than primary opponent Tom Campbell, a former congressman. But Fiorina came up strong on Tuesday, picking up 56% of the vote over Campbell’s 22%," Rasmussen notes.

Boxer, who is seeking a fourth six-year term, has yet to reach the 50% level of support in the general election — a critical mark for incumbents.

"The good news for Boxer is that she has the power of incumbency on her side in a state that trends Democratic. The bad news is that she remains stuck in the 40s. At this stage of the campaign, any incumbent who earns less than 50% of the vote is considered potentially vulnerable," Rasmussen indicated.
Boxer has a 21 percent favorable rating and a 37 percent unfavorable one while Fiorina is at 14 percent very favorable and 18 percent very unfavorable — leaving her a chance to improve her public image and catch up with Boxer.

After the election, it didn’t like long for Boxer to come out swinging against Fiorina.

Just one day after Fiorina cruised to an easy victory to capture the Republican nomination, Boxer and her pro-abortion allies went on the attack.

In a state where voters have rejected a modest proposal to allow parents to know when their minor daughters are considering an abortion, Boxer hopes to use abortion as a means of keeping her job that polls show is tenuous.

In a Tuesday interview with the Los Angeles Times, Boxer said Fiorina’s views are out of step with most California voters.

“She wants to make it a crime, and that would mean women and doctors in jail,” Boxer said. “That is so out of touch with Californians.”

When the Times asked Fiorina about Boxer’s comment, she replied, “That’s a ridiculous statement.”

“I happen to believe in the sanctity of life, but the great majority of Californians disagree with Barbara Boxer, who believes that taxpayers should be funding partial-birth abortion,” Fiorina said.

“Barbara Boxer is really trying to change the subject. The subject in this election is jobs. The subject in this election is out-of-control government," she added.

Meanwhile, Emily’s List, the radical pro-abortion group that only endorses candidates who support partial-birth abortions and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, took a shot at its pro-life counterpart, the Susan B. Anthony List.


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