California Senate election 2010: Sen. Barbara Boxer defeats Carly Fiorina

Washington Post Staff
Monday, October 11, 2010; 4:06 PM

The California Senate race has attracted national attention as incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) looks to see off a spirited challege from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, whose large cash reserves have made a competitve race in what was once thought to be a safe seat.

Yet recent gains by Sen. Boxer have raised hopes that she could yet win out, and even tip the scales of the governor's race in favor of the Democrats.

As WhoRunsGov explains:

Fiorina's views are mostly conservative - she is anti-abortion rights, supports Arizona's tough stance on immigration and has even been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. During the GOP primary campaign, Fiorina was attacked for her spotty voting record (she has only voted in a third of all elections since 2000) and for inconsistencies in her positions.

Senator Boxer is known in contrast as one of the most liveral Senators currently in office: From her days organizing her California neighbors to her leadership role in Senate efforts to curb greenhouse gases, Boxer is an impassioned defender of liberal ideas.

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