California Republican Senate primary
Former Hewlett Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina appears to have pulled away from former congressman Tom Campbell in the final weeks of the race for the Republican Senate nomination, relying on personal wealth to fund ads and on an endorsement from ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin to build momentum.
Campbell, who switched from the governor's race earlier this year, long held the lead thanks to residual name identification from his unsuccessful 1992 and 2000 Senate runs. A third candidate, state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, is running as the true conservative in the race but has gained little traction.
Fiorina's campaign launched an ad last week taking on Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) -- an early general election jab.