Big names to support Meg Whitman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Several Republican heavyweights will
join gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman in California for a series
of campaign fundraisers.

Her political mentor and previous boss, former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney, will join Whitman at events this week in Irvine,
Los Angeles, Sacramento and Redwood City.

She also will be joined at some of the events by former U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
and Sen. John McCain.

McCain, who lost the 2008 presidential race in California by 24
percentage points, is facing a tough re-election battle of his own
in Arizona.

Whitman, a billionaire, already has donated $59 million to her
campaign from her personal fortune. That has helped her open a wide
lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, her rival in
the Republican primary.

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