On politics in the Golden State

May 12, 2010 | 10:34 am

As private polls have shown Steve Poizner closing on Meg Whitman’s lead in the Republican race for governor, he has injected $2.5 million more of his own money into his campaign.

The contribution, made Tuesday by the Poizner Family Trust, according to state records, brings to a total of $22 million the amount the state insurance commissioner has contributed to his own campaign. He last gave his campaign nearly $200,000 in March, but, previously down by polls by as much as 50 points, he had not put in a very significant amount since donating $15 million in December.

Whitman, the billionaire former chief of EBay, has donated $59 million to her campaign. With the blistering pace of television advertising in the race, Poizner may need more than the $2.5 million he’s now contributed. If so, he is still taking a cautious approach financially based on the prospect that he could lose the June 8 primary; if he puts too much money in now and has some left over, he wouldn’t be able to get it back and could only use it if he ran for another office.