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A Fiorina Opportunity in California?

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | January 12, 2010 | Elisa Mueller

California Republican Chuck DeVore’s aggressive strategy to be seen by conservative activists as a RINO-slaying hero seemed to get a boost today when former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.), whose run for governor had been flagging, switched over to the Senate primary. It was certainly a vote of no-confidence in Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP Senate candidate who announced this week that she had $2.7 million in the bank for her first-ever electoral bid. But I’d expect the Fiorina camp to try and box out both candidates by attacking the 2005 California budget. DeVore, a California assemblyman, voted for it. As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R-Calif.) finance director, Campbell helped muscle it through. So the events of today make Fiorina the only female candidate in the race, the best-funded, and the only one not tainted by GOP decisions of the past–probably a better position than she had on Monday.

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