Carly Fiorina wins GOP Senate nomination


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Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina will be the Republican Party nominee in the November race against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary election in a Republican field that included former Rep. Tom Campbell and conservative Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine).


Fiorina, who spent more than $5.5 million of her own money on the campaign, attacked Campbell’s record as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s top economic adviser. Campbell helped craft a state budget that included tax increases -- anathema to many conservative voters.

[Updated, 9:22 p.m.: In a speech to supporters in San Jose Tuesday, Campbell said he was worried about the future of the country. Although he urged them to support Fiorina, he said he was concerned that voters were being moved more by slogans than by candidates’ experience.

‘We’re not at a good point in our political system....We need to have people with experience in government so we can learn from what we have done before. So I am worried.’

He told the room that the ‘good news’ was that the open primary measure, Proposition 14, was winning.]

Fiorina received a boost from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who endorsed her and recorded a phone message that went out to thousands of California Republican voters.

-- Anthony York in Los Angeles

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