Whitman outspends Brown 14 to 1; still trails
October 6, 2010
Despite spending nearly $120 million of her personal fortune, roughly a 14 to 1 advantage over opponent Jerry Brown, Republican Meg Whitman is trailing in recent polls. [California Watch]
Analysts say that Whitman is still being battered by recent accusations surrounding her alleged treatment of a housekeeper who turned out to be an illegal immigrant.
Whitman has spent more than $138 million on her campaign so far, including $119 million of her own money, according to campaign filings released yesterday. Brown, by contrast, has spent about $10 million. He has about $22.5 million in the bank for the closing weeks of the campaign.
The Republican candidate for governor has about $9 million in the bank but can continue to draw from her personal fortune as Election Day nears – something she may consider doing to regain ground she has lost in recent polls.
An Ipsos/Reuters poll released yesterday had Brown leading 50-43, and SurveyUSA and Rasmussen polls released yesterday showed him leading 47-43 and 49-44, respectively. Each of the polling results were within the margin of error. A Pollster.com analysis on the Huffington Post website also shows significant gains by Brown.