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Election Could Be The Final Vote On Schwarzenegger

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Governor Schwarzenegger will be in Washington, D.C. with the president on Tuesday, meaning he won't be doing any election day campaigning for six propositions he's put forward to deal with the state budget crisis. Four of the five measures are currently trailing in the polls.

He came to Sacramento with guns a blazing, his target, reform. He repealed the car tax just hours into office, returning $6.5 billion a year to Californians.

 "Everybody loves it when you repeal the tax. It's a lot like the captain of the Titanic announcing free margaritas with the evening buffet and then hitting the iceberg," News 8 political analyst Carl Luna said.

The Governor felt the pain right away, because state legislatures had no intention of listening to his message. And to make a bad situation worse, the economy blew up in his face.

"We lost thousands of jobs, home prices plunged, sales tax, income tax, property tax revenue went down, and so anybody would have had the same situation. Bad luck on his part," USD economics professor Alan Gin said.

But economics professor Gin says Schwarzenegger is responsible for some of the cold reception he's now getting.

"We cut taxes and gave away the surplus. We also expanded spending and so we had nothing left for a rainy day fund," he said.

Now the governor is trying to save his good name with six ballot measures before voters Tuesday. But Californians are taking a closer look and don't seem to like what they see. Many  of the props are expected to go down in defeat, and with it the governor's last chance to go out with a bang.

"His legacy is to go back to Hollywood go to the Obama administration go someplace where he can rebuild his legacy cause he's not going to have a good one as governor," Luna said.

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