This Democrats' race has gotten typically nasty. Angelides has the backing of labor and the Democratic establishment. The main issue in the race has been Angelides' call to raise taxes on the wealthy and Westly's belief that tax hikes should "only be a last resort."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Schwarzenegger might be asleep tonight before he finds out whether he will face Angelides or Westly in November. Analysts predict a bleak turnout at the polls, and predict the influx of absentee ballots combined with San Diego County's manual counting system could potentially leave the outcome uncertain for up to a week. LINK
The AP's Aaron Davis points out that it is unclear whether Steve Westly and Phil Angelides's last-minute campaign pushes this morning will make a difference. LINK
The San Francisco Chronicle ed board recommends Westly to be the Democratic candidate running against Schwarzenegger. LINK
Bloomberg News' Michael B. Marois writes that the vicious personal attacks that defined the Democratic primary race "may make it harder for" today's winner "to defeat. . . Schwarzenegger in November." LINK
Unlike Westly, who battled Los Angeles traffic in a bus yesterday, Seema Mehta and Robert Salladay of the Los Angeles Times reports that Angelides chartered a Boeing 737 and made pit stops in San Diego, Burbank, Oakland, and Sacramento in final attempts at rounding up votes. LINK
Angelides should hope that union members' fire is still strong enough to push them to the polls, for according to Joe Matthews of the Los Angeles Times, "The fate of Angelides campaign" hangs in whether or not unions vote in force. LINK
In tight races for both the Republican and Democratic nominations, all four gubernatorial candidates in Alabama predicted victory Monday night during last-minute campaign stops, as Tom Gordon of The Birmingham Times reports. LINK
And in one of the odder sound bites of the day, incumbent Republican Bob Riley shouted to a crowd outside an airport hangar, "If we restore the trust of the people of Alabama in its state government, you're going to see an Alabama that's absolutely unleashed."
An estimated 67,000 Montanans will vote for a Democratic senatorial candidate to face three-term incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) in November. The primary has gained added significance in recent months since the likelihood of a Democratic win has grown as Burns' approval ratings have tumbled due largely to his association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff..
The Democrats vying to take on Burns are John Morrison, a Helena trial attorney and state auditor, and Jon Tester, a Big Sandy organic grain farmer and president of the state senate. According to a Billings Gazette poll released May 31, the two Democrats are running neck-and-neck with Morrison drawing 42 percent to Tester's 41 percent.
The substantive differences between the two candidates have largely been ignored during the campaign in favor of a "who is more likely to beat Burns" platform. Initially, it seemed that Morrison had the advantage: well-spoken, handsome, and moderate.