Whitman Campaign Says GOP Primary's Over - NBC Bay Area

Whitman Campaign Says GOP Primary's Over

State Republican Party considering requiring candidate debate at convention



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    Former governor Pete Wilson declares that it's now a fight between Whitman and Brown, leaving Poizner to point out there's still a primary vote to consider.

    Another day, another round of he said-she said between the Republican gubernatorial candidates, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

    In response to news that a Democratic committee was promising to start pouring millions into the non-campaign campaign of Attorney General Jerry Brown, former Governor Pete Wilson sent out an email from the Witman campaign titled "General Election Begins Now."

    That's news to Poizner, who was in San Franciscochatting with editors of the San Francisco Chronicle. In an email to press sent this morning, his campaign said "we still feel strongly that millions of California Republicans should actually get to vote for their nominee."

    The state party is also considering today whether or not to require candidates to debate during the upcoming statewide convention in Orange County. While Whitman and Poizner are scheduled to debate at a private event the day after, that decision has been criticized for being behind closed doors.

    The party's board plans to discuss today whether candidates would have to choose between appearing at a debate or else not be allowed to formally address the assembled delegates.

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