Arnie's High-Risk Election

A special election in California may prove a boondoggle for Schwarzenegger

The budget has ballooned to $200 million, the main actor has lost his star appeal, and a majority of the public has decided in advance they are not interested. No, this isn't a Kevin Costner movie. It's the run-up to next week's special election in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is working hard to push through several weighty government-reform initiatives, but the Nov. 8 event could well turn out to be one of his biggest flops: 54% of California voters see no need for the special election, particularly since the initiatives could have been voted on in the primary next June. Schwarzenegger's popularity...

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