State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R) has three weeks to bring up his poll numbers or he risks becoming irrelevant in the three-way race for the California Republican Senate nomination, according to the Los Angeles Times.
DeVore has garnered the support of national conservative and Tea Party groups, as did Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during his run, but that hasn't translated into a surge in campaign donations or support in the polls. He raised some $625,000 in the first quarter, but had only $411,000 banked at the end of March. In a recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll, he had the support of only 9 percent of likely GOP primary voters.
DeVore attributed his poor poll numbers to his title as state assemblyman.
"Ballot titles matter a lot in California," DeVore said at a Family Action PAC luncheon at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. "They called me a California state assemblyman. That's like saying Chuck DeVore's a thief. My actual title is assemblyman/military reservist. In our internal polling, that change alone doubled my support, when people found out I was not merely a scum-sucking politician."
The Times notes with absentee ballots set to go out in the second week in May, time is running out for DeVore.
"Before people totally discount someone like Chuck DeVore, you have to give it another three weeks," said Larry Gerston, a professor at San Jose State University. "At that point, if it hasn't kicked in yet, I think you can start issuing a post-mortem."
The primary vote is in June.