boxerfiorinaWith the state in a budget crisis and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the most unpopular politicians in the country, California would seem to be friendly territory for Democrats in 2010 -- especially when you consider that the party has a significant edge in state voter registration.
But California's two leading Democratic candidates — Sen. Barbara Boxer and gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown — are at serious risk of losing their races, as a new poll finds them in a dead heat with their GOP opponents heading into November. One reason: Female voters, who used to be reliable Democratic supporters, are increasingly split between the two political parties.
A new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. poll finds Boxer narrowly leading former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 48 percent to 44 percent, among registered voters — a gap that's within the margin of error, meaning the two are virtually tied. Among women, Boxer leads Fiorina by just 5 points, 48 percent to 43 percent. By comparison, Boxer won her last campaign with 65 percent of the female vote.Read More »from Dems face a tougher-than-expected fight in California