California Senate Poll: Boxer Drops Back to Tossup Against Carly Fiorina
by Steven Ertelt
October 5, 2010
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — After jumping out to a lead that was outside the margin of error, pro-abortion California Senate candidate Barbara Boxer has dropped back to a tossup with pro-life candidate Carly Fiorina. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters has the race back within the margin of error.
The poll shows Boxer picking up 49% of the vote, but the bad news for Fiorina is that is her highest level of support since mid-July.
Fiorina earns 45% support from California voters while two percent support another candidate and five percent remain undecided.
"Two weeks ago, Boxer held a similar four-point edge – 47% to 43% – over Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. In surveys since February, Boxer, a member of the Senate since 1993, has earned 42% to 49% of the vote. Fiorina has picked up 38% to 48% support in those same surveys," pollster Scott Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen has shifted the race back to the tossup category from ranking it as one that leans in favor of the Democratic candidate.
The new poll also comes after the candidates debated the issue of abortion last week in a forum hosted by KPCC-FM and La Opinion radio. Fiorina accused Boxer of misrepresenting her pro-life views on abortion and Boxer sought to downplay her support for taxpayer funded abortions.
Fiorina accused Boxer of engaging in a "unconscionable shocking misrepresentation" of her pro-life views to make her appear more extreme.
While Boxer and her campaign’s ads have made it appear Fiorina would put women who have abortions in jail, Fiorina pointed out she doesn’t support that and wouldn’t push for legislation to do that if elected to the Senate.
"Barbara Boxer is engaging in this kind of misrepresentation to change the subject, to change the subject from her own extreme views, which are that a baby doesn’t have rights until it leaves the hospital," Fiorina said. "The subject of this election is not abortion."
Boxer has been playing on a statement Fiorina made in January that she would "absolutely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if the opportunity presented itself" which Boxer and her campaign have twisted to make it appear Fiorina supports criminalizing women.
"It means that women and doctors could be put in jail in any state of the union.That is the fact," Boxer said about the statement, according to the NPR debate. "Roe v. Wade, I believe, is a decision that brings us all together."
Fiorina sought to highlight Boxer’s pro-abortion record during her tenure in Washington, especially her consistent support for taxpayer funding of abortions.
Fiorina called Boxer an "extremist" for supporting the use of taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions "any time, anywhere for any reason."
"I think this is typical, typical politics. When people want to talk about the issues that matter most to them: Where is my job? Why is government debt out of control? Barbara Boxer always punts to the divisive issue of abortion to try and change the subject," Fiorina said.
Boxer told the audience listening to the debate that she supports the Hyde Amendment, saying "At this point, it’s a compromise."
However, not only did Boxer vote against the Senate version of the Hyde Amendment when lawmakers attempted to add it to the ObamaCare national health care bill, but she made the motion to kill it.
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