Election 2010: California Senate (Barbara Boxer vs. Carly Fiorina)
This post will contain live coverage of election results and reporting as we find out who wins the California race for U.S. Senate - between veteran Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and former HP CEO, Republican Carly Fiorina.
Boxer, a consistent winner for years, is touted as an environmental leader and a trailblazer, yet as it came out this year, she has authored an oddly small number of bills in her time. Her supporters point out that she has added portions to approx. 1,000 pieces of legislation, but the Republicans have come closer this race than ever to defeat Boxer. Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO, promises a fresh perspective, and she brings a strong leadership style along with a successful business pedigree along with her, minus her reputation from the HP-Compaq merger.
Fiorina is known for being someone who can get things done, and she has been viewed as a refreshing change by some voters. Yet, in California, she is pro-life and she has never served in public office. So chances are she won't be able to pull out a win over Boxer, but it has been an interesting race to watch, and you never know until the ballots are all counted.
[Updated 8:02pm Pacific] Looks like Boxer will win, based on exit polls, but no one has called the race yet.
[Updated 8:15pm Pacific] California Senate called for Barbara Boxer!
[Updated 11:30pm Pacific] Fiorina will not concede, although most media outlets have called the race for Boxer. She is waiting for a more definitive count.