Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won the California Republican Senate primary Tuesday, defeating former Rep. Tom Campbell and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
Fiorina, a staunch ally of Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Overnight Defense: Pentagon denies troops on Syrian front lines | Senators push for more Afghan visas MORE (R-Ariz.), was declared the
winner by the Associated Press with 2,548 of 22,896 precincts reporting.
Fiorina topped Campbell 54-26 percent, while DeVore came in third at 17
Fiorina said she was “honored” to be the nominee to face Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDem senators back Interior coal leasing review Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz Boxer: Sanders appeals to young voters with grandpa effect MORE (D-Calif.).
“For 34 years, at the taxpayer’s expense, Barbara Boxer has been a bitter partisan who has said much but achieved little,” Fiorina said in a statement. “She gets an 'A' for politics and an 'F' for achievement. This fall, she will have to answer to the people of California for her failure to stand up for our state.”
Boxer's campaign tweeted shortly after the race was called: "AP has called the race for Fiorina. OK- let's go win this thing."
Democratic strategists are confident Boxer will be able to defend her seat, despite the anti-incumbent mood simmering across the country.
The primary was tougher than expected on Fiorina because Campbell switched over from the gubernatorial race. That leaves her with baggage coming into the general election, according to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
“Faced with a competitive primary, Carly Fiorina did what Republicans across the country are doing: moved to the extremist wing of their party," Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World This week: GOP lawmakers reckon with Trump MORE (N.J.), chairman of the DSCC, said in a statement. "She is against a woman’s right to choose, supports the Arizona immigration law, wants to repeal health care, and supports allowing people on the “no-fly” list to buy guns."
-- This post was updated at 12:29 a.m.