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article imageCalifornia Senate race between Boxer and Fiorina remains tight

By Michael Krebs     Sep 24, 2010 in Politics
With the midterm elections just weeks away, the California Senate race between former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer remains too close to call.
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, Carly Fiorina, began running television commercials against Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer that ask: "28 years in Washington, and Barbara Boxer works hard for a title?" The spot opens with Ms. Boxer's public insistence - to U.S. Brigadier General Michael Walsh - that she be referred to as "senator" instead of "ma'am." This is the arrogance that Ms. Fiorina promises to eradicate.
The California Senate race is a tight one, with a recent report from Rasmussen showing Boxer at 47% over Fiorina at 43%; four percent of those polled prefer another candidate, and six percent are undecided.
The Wall Street Journal cites a Field Poll showing Boxer with a 6 point lead over Fiorina. However, both candidates remain under the 50% threshold - underscoring the tightness of the race. The Field Poll also found that 67% of Fiorina supporters view their decision as an anti-Boxer and anti-Washington choice.
The stakes in California are big - as the state suffers through the third highest unemployment rate in the country. California is also at the center of America's immigration debate, and the recent congressional push-back on the Dream Act could fuel the state's considerable Hispanic vote.
But the race is too close to call. For Senator Boxer, it is all about re-introducing herself to California voters, and for Ms. Fiorina it is about re-framing that introduction.
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