Politics Blog

Posted By: Carolyn Lochhead | October 15 2010 at 02:19 PM

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the race between incumbent California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a dead heat — with Boxer just one point ahead, 46 to 45 percent of likely voters — and 18 days to go to election day.

New figures are out for third-quarter fundraising, showing Fiorina raising $5.9 million, with $1.8 million cash on hand, and Boxer raising $6.2 million with $6.5 million cash on hand.

Boxer, looking for a fourth term, continues her big cash advantage, but it’s down closer to 3 to 1, versus the 12 to 1 advantage of a few months ago.

Boxer is burning through cash and outspending Fiorina on the airwaves, but Fiorina is getting enough of an assist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the national GOP, which has ponied up close to $5 million, to more than stay in the game.

The Fiorina campaign broke out the following numbers on its fundraising. Fiorina spent $5.5 million of her own money to win the primary, but since then has not dipped into her own bank account:

Total raised: $5.86 million

Cash on hand: $1.819 million

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