Fiorina Trails Boxer By 5 In California

The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina remains close in California.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Boxer picking up 45% support, while Fiorina earns 40% of the vote. Five percent (5%) prefer a different candidate, and 10% are undecided.

Less than a month ago, the longtime senator held a 49% to 42% lead over her opponent, representing her best showing so far. Since February, Boxer’s support has ranged from 42% to 49%. In those same surveys, Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has captured 38% to 43% of the vote.

The Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings rate California as a state that Leans Democratic.

Most voters in the state see the contest as an ideological clash. Sixty-one percent (61%) view Boxer as a liberal politically, while just as many (63%) regard Fiorina as a conservative. This includes 36% who say Boxer is Very Liberal and 31% who view Fiorina as Very Conservative.

This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in California was conducted on August 3, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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