Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and now Republican nominee for governor of California, has set the record as the biggest self-financing candidate of all time -- but at the same time, she's losing in all the recent polls against Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown, after having previously led for some time. Has she spent too much? It sure seems like it. And things have really started to go wrong for her.
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As of now, Brown leads in the TPM Poll Average by a margin of 45.9%-44.4%.
In mid-September, Whitman officially broke the all-time record to become the biggest self-financing candidate in American history, at $119 million of her own money being put into the race. And as of now, the total expenditures from her campaign have reached $140 million, including both her own money and that of others.
At the same time, Brown's campaign has spent only $10 million, a pittance compared to Team Whitman. And it turns out that they've also stockpiled $22.5 million for the home stretch of the campaign -- which will probably be less than what Whitman spends in the same time period, but certainly enough to get his message across and remind voters that he exists.