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    Today voters will head to the polls to cast their vote in a state primary that has seen more campaign spending than any in history.

    Polls opened at 7 a.m. across California and according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen, they are ready for the close to 17 million Californians eligible to vote. The number of potential voters is up 1.3 million from four years ago, Bowen said.

    Find your polling place using our voter guide.

    The GOP race for governor has been a big buzz this election cycle and has meant big bucks with more than $100 million in campaign spending.But big spending does not always mean the public is better informed.

    The big rivals are also the front runners: Steve Poizner and former E-Bay chief Meg Whitman.

    The latest field poll shows Poizner trailing Whitman by a 2 to 1 ratio. Poizner still stands 24 points behind Whitman in the polls. Polls also show at least 80-percent of voters have seen a Whitman-Poizner for governor commercial. Steve Poizner's spent only about a third of what Whitman has.

    But beyond the voters in that GOP race, there may be a disconnect with the smaller ballot offerings.

    Political observers say that could be because there is too much to focus on.