State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 – 09:15 a.m.
Will the hotly-contested race for the 31st Congressional District turn negative?
That’s the big question this week, with new polling numbers showing State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) giving seven-term Congressman Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) a run for his money.
And Miller, with the help of the National Realtors Association, has been spending a lot of money to secure another term.
As a matter of fact, Miller grossly outspent Dutton during the primary election cycle, but still has tepid support among voters.
There appears to be a unusally large block of voters still undecided.
So far both candidates, by mutual agreement, have kept their campaigns clean.
But in politics negative campaigning, as much as voters say they despise it, wins elections.
In this circumstance it may be the ability for Miller and company to fund and wage a negative campaign that gives him the edge.
One thing is for certain.
Simply put. Democrats and independents will decide this contest.
It’s becoming rather clear that a republican candidate would have had a difficult time securing victory in this democrat-leaning district had a democrat actually made the runoff.