Saturday, October 16, 2010

Election countdown: Palin rallies Republicans in California

The final two weeks of campaigning for the mid-term elections will see
a series of big political hitters visiting California to rally their
respective troops. President Obama will be in Los Angeles next week.

Republicans in America's most populous state expect to make gains on
November 2, although the party's two highest profile candidates did
not attend a rally today at which Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker.
The former vice presidential candidate is still a hugely polarizing
figure in California - she's more likely to discourage all important
independent voters than win them over.

53 percent of Californians have an unfavorable view of her while 33
percent report a favorable opinion. Among Republicans, 74 percent view
her favorably and 19 percent unfavorably.

Palin told more than 2,000 supporters at a Republican rally, "Victory
2010: Sprint To The Finish," in Orange County, that they should be
preparing to celebrate in two weeks' time. Gubernatorial hopeful Meg
Whitman and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina were absent, citing
scheduling conflicts.

Once again, Palin shows that she is enormously popular with the
Republican rank and file - while others shy away from the right wing
lightening rod.