California Republican gubernatorial race
Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman's first foray into electoral politics has been a roller-coaster ride.
Whitman began her run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination as an unknown but quickly changed that by spending tens of millions of dollars on her campaign. That money paid for ads making the case to Californians that putting a businesswoman in the governor's office was the best -- only? -- solution to the state's fiscal problems.
Then came a series of attack ads from state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R) that painted Whitman as liberal on immigration. Whitman's poll numbers plummeted -- until she turned her focus to shoring up her ideological right flank on the issue.
That mission accomplished, Whitman's polls began to recover and now most neutral observers expect her to cruise to victory over Poizner on Tuesday.