As GOP bids wind down, personal spending vaults Meg Whitman to front of gubernatorial race and Carly Fiorina into the lead for Senate. All Republican candidates are trying to tap voters' sour mood.
From corporate executives to conservative activists to career politicians, the GOP candidates in the top-of-the-ticket races to be decided Tuesday have strikingly different resumes. But the personal wealth employed by several of them has sharply altered the momentum of the races. The Republican governor's contest is the most expensive California primary in history, and money tilted the standings in the closing weeks of the Senate race.
By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2010