Debra Bowen will win on November 7th and this race is perhaps the more interesting of the California Statewides
"As elections go, the campaign for secretary of state is generally a sleeper: Voters rarely pay attention to the issues -- and the incumbent almost always wins.
But this year's challenge between incumbent Bruce McPherson, a Santa Cruz Republican, and state Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Redondo Beach, is shaping up to be one of the more competitive races."
"Democrats have a good chance with Bowen"despite the likelihood of a win for the republican Guvornator. Quinn attributes this to strong party lines saying
"She's a credible candidate, and Democrats tend to be better down-ticket because people tend to vote their party."
Interestingly, Bowen doesn't offend moderate republicans who see her as a reasonable Democrat with strong ties to sensible policy and while McPherson is a Republican FEW view him as the bold leader that Bowen is.
Bowen's campaign is very strongly issue based - touting her record of pioneering legislation that has made both state-wide and national news as state legislatures rush to copy Bowen's pocketbook policies for a good-sense government.
Bowen's campaign recently released film clip interviews displayed on the website You Tube with views in the hundreds and good ratings.
Here Bowen addresses the importance of her legislation nation wide:
"We have such a hodgepodge of voting and election systems in this country and the wonderful thing about working in California is that we can affect national policy by what we do here." Bowen says.
McP on the other hand claims there is really nothing wrong with what is going on in California saying
``I don't think we should have a concern,'' he said, adding that his office has standards in place to ensure accuracy. ``I've overseen two statewide elections and it's turned out fine,'' he said.
Clearly, someone forgot to mention to Mr. McP:
"unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods" UC Berkeley
"While speaking with (Registrar of Voters, Mikel) Haas yesterday, he confirmed once again that indeed both Diebold touch-screen and optical-scan systems, containing their programmed memory cards, were sent home with poll workers in the days and weeks prior to the election." BradBlog
But fear not we tin-foil hat wearing folks are just shouting to the heavens claiming their falling ... because McP has "overseen two statewide election and it's turned out fine."
No wonder Bowen is viable
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