Call Me Al

Barbara Boxer is hanging on in California.

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has widened her lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

The survey showed Boxer leading Fiorina 47 percent to 41 percent, with 12 percent of voters undecided. A July Field Poll showed Boxer with support from 47 percent of voters, compared to 44 percent for Fiorina, a gap that was within that poll's margin of error.

An ad campaign, begun September 13, is credited with boosting Boxer.

"I would surmise much of this has to do with the advertising that the Boxer campaign has done," Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said. "It has had the intended effect."

The Fiorina campaign is responding with a replay of Boxer's "call me senator" moment.

We'll see if that new ad, along with the economic crisis in California, can turn things around.