Whitman Brings Big Guns to San Diego

By Chris Chan
|  Sunday, Jun 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM PDT
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The primary election is days away and the Republican frontrunner for Governor isn't taking any chances.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman targeted San Diego in her push to be Governor and brought some of the party's big guns to campaign with her. She was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at Escondido Charter High School.

“If we do not focus on just as few things we cannot clean up this mess. So let's join together and take back Sacramento,” Whitman said.

In recent polls, Whitman is leading Steve Poizner by a sizeable number. While she may be favored, Whitman says she's still going to campaign like she's behind.

The former Ebay CEO was backed by former California Governor Pete Wilson, Congressman Darrell Issa and former presidential candidate and Whitman's old boss Mitt Romney.

“This is one smart woman and we need a smart woman as our next governor,” Romney said.

The rally was a contrast to rival Republican and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's visit earlier this week. He held a town hall meeting in La Jolla and made his points clear, but to a smaller crowd.

“As governor I will stop the flow of illegal aliens into California one way or the other,” he  said.

The latest Field Poll shows Poizner trailing Whitman by 2 to 1. Although, he has narrowed the gap in the polls recently.

Poizner spent the day going door to door in Riverside, asking voters to cast their ballots for him.

“If you're comparing and contrasting, there are some massive differences between Meg Whitman and me in a bunch of things,” he said.

Whitman has blitzed the state with ads, spending more than $80-million, most of it from her personal fortune.

The winner of Tuesday's primary will square off against Democrat Jerry Brown in the November election.

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