The least surprising news today was that the campaign of Howard Berman has released a 30-second ad spot tied to last week’s debate flareup, in which rival Brad Sherman grabbed him forcefully and said, “Do you want to get into this?”
Just what impact the incident will have on the campaign remains to be seen. The Berman campaign cites a poll showing that he is . The spot will be shown on cable systems in the San Fernando Valley.
A poll of likely voters conducted by Kimball Political Consulting after the incident gave Sherman a six point lead over Berman, or 32% to 26%. Spencer Kimball also labelled it “the ugliest race in America.” Overall, 42% of voters are undecided, he wrote, “suggesting a none-of-the-above attitude among voters.
Sherman’s campaign is touting a huge cash advantage, as recent finance reports show that he has $1.8 million on hand to Berman’s $393,000.
Berman’s ad, meanwhile, highlights all the pickup that the incident got in the national media.