Economy, immigration drive California governor race Reuters
With a week and a half to go before the primary election, billionaire front-runner Meg Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay Inc, is betting that her focused agenda of creating jobs, cutting government spending and "fixing" education in the most populous state will assure a victory.
But self-described "underdog" candidate Steve Poizner, the insurance commissioner and former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has seized on illegal immigration as a way to draw a clear line between himself and Whitman.
A surge in support for Poizner earlier in the month has turned what seemed to be inevitable victory for Whitman into a possible come-from-behind win for Poizner.
The victor of the June 8 primary will face off against Jerry Brown, the current attorney general and former governor who has sewn up the Democratic nomination by scaring off major rivals. He has hung back so far, allowing Poizner and Whitman to bloody each other.