Boxer widens lead in tough California Senate race

LOS ANGELES Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:40am EDT

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer speaks at a campaign rally in Los Angeles, California, October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer speaks at a campaign rally in Los Angeles, California, October 22, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California has opened up an 8 percentage point lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina as she picks up a greater share of independent voters, a Field Poll showed on Friday.

Boxer, considered one of the most liberal U.S. senators, has gradually broadened her lead over the conservative former Hewlett-Packard CEO after holding a 6 percentage point advantage in September and a 3 percentage point lead in July, according to the poll.

A three-term senator facing her toughest re-election fight, Boxer now has 49 percent of the vote to political newcomer Fiorina's 41 percent, according to the final Field poll released ahead of the November 2 election. Another 6 percent were undecided.

Non-partisan voters favor Boxer over Fiorina 49 percent to 32 percent in the survey of 1,501 registered voters between October 14-26.

Returning Boxer to Washington is crucial for Democrats, now in the majority, as they face a loss of U.S. Senate seats amid voter frustration over jobs and a sluggish economic recovery.

In reliably Democratic California, Boxer is polling strongly in the more liberal Los Angeles Country and the San Francisco Bay Area, where they favor her two to one or better over Fiorina.

Fiorina -- who was hospitalized overnight this week for an infection but is back on the campaign trail -- has a stronger showing in the Central Valley and areas of Southern California outside Los Angeles.

Female voters prefer Boxer 51 percent to 36 percent for Fiorina, while male voters narrowly support Boxer 47 percent to 44 percent.

(Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)

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Comments (8)
jalee wrote:
Too bad. Boxer has not been effective as a Senator. She appears to be only concerned with feathering her nest!

Oct 29, 2010 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMRCal wrote:
I can’t believe people support her. “One of the most liberal”, tax and spend, more government, we need a law to make it illegal to sell items made in China at the Capitol building gift shop…

Oct 29, 2010 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
I happen to like Boxer-she has been a great Senator for our state but even if I didnt support her there is absolutely NO WAY I would ever support Fiorina who was forced out of HP,sent how many jobs overseas and would take away a womans right to choose…
When Sarah Palin endorsed her it was the final nail in Fiorina’s coffin-I mean Sarah Palin for gods sake-I dont want any whack job,tea party affiliated morons thinking they can come to California with their frankly at times ridiculous rhetoric…
I notice that alot of people who do not live in California have all sorts of opinions about us and most of them arent favorable but for this Californian I will take a common sense liberal over a fanatical tea party/religious conservative anytime….

Oct 29, 2010 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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