49ers digging deep to sway voters on new stadium

The San Francisco 49ers are pumping up to $4 million cash into an election to sway voters to pass a plan for them to build a new stadium in Santa Clara.

On the heels of the Minnesota Vikings losing a bid for a new downtown stadium, the San Francisco Chronicle reports the 49ers are pulling out all the stops with the hope of finding a way out of outdated Candlestick Park. Approximately 23,000 voters are expected to turn out for the election June 8 on Measure J.

Steve Schmidt, who managed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 run for governor and John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, is leading the way for the 49ers.l There is a full-time campaign manager and a full-time staff of six with scores of volunteers. Their job is to convince the voters to say yes, and considering the state of the economy in California, that is going to be a tricky proposition.

If voters say no, maybe the 49ers will move across the Bay to Oakland. Building a stadium for both teams to use would seem to make the most sense, but getting Al Davis on board for anything could be tricky. He certainly needs a new stadium too.

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