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Bond Passage Helps Schwarzenegger’s Re-election Bid

Sacramento, CA — Analysts say the Legislature´s passage of a $37 billion infrastructure bond gives Governor Schwarzenegger a huge lift in his bid for re-election and complicates the political lives of Democrats, who must now try to unseat him even as they support the bond package.

The governor still has a high hurdle to clear. To pass the bonds, he must get the approval of voters in November.

That may be difficult, since this is the largest bond package Californians have ever been asked to swallow in a single election.

But regardless of the outcome in November, the bond enables Schwarzenegger to claim during his campaign that he worked successfully with the Legislature, even though a public works spending bond originally was the brainchild of Don Perata, the Senate Democratic leader from Oakland.

After last year´s divisive special election, analysts say Schwarzenegger needs to demonstrate that he can be an effective leader.