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GOP gubernatorial candidates to face off in Orange County debate

March 15, 2010 |  7:34 am

The two Republican candidates running to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are facing off in their first debate Monday in Costa Mesa.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former EBay chief Meg Whitman will take to the podium starting at 5:30 p.m. in an hour-long event sponsored by a local Republican group.

Whitman, who is a billionaire, has a lead in early polling after spending millions of dollars on advertising.

The Republican candidates for governor sniped at each other in dueling news conferences last Friday at the opening of the state GOP convention in Silicon Valley, as each sought advantage for the three-month sprint to the June 8 election.

-- Cathleen Decker and Michael Finnegan

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