Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Nation: Sarah Palin's California Problem : NPR

The Nation: Sarah Palin's California Problem : NPR

Sarah Palin is coming to California this weekend, but the state's top Republican candidates will be elsewhere while she speaks at a fundraiser in Anaheim on Saturday.

Carly Fiorina, running behind Barbara Boxer in the Senate race, explained: "There are all sorts of people who have endorsed me that I don't appear with."

Meg Whitman, the challenger to Jerry Brown who has spent $120 million of her own money on her campaign, won't be there because she has "competing campaign events that day," according to a spokesman.

The real reason why the state's top Republican candidates are avoiding Sarah Palin can be found in the new polls: most Californians don't like Sarah Palin. According to last week's Field Poll, 69 percent of the state's independent voters say they have an "unfavorable" impression of the former Alaska governor.

One question remains: why would Sarah Palin campaign in a state where she's so unpopular with key voters and where the top GOP candidates don't want to be seen with her?

The answer is simple: 2012

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