Obama to help Sen. Boxer in re-election fight

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Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, waves as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, smiles during her re-election campaign reception in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.

Worried that she’ll face strong opposition from Republicans, Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign Wednesday announced that the president will help fundraise for her re-election bid.

The Boxer campaign said President Obama will headline a fundraiser for the three-term senator in Los Angeles next month.

The event will also benefit the Democratic National Committee, which funds congressional campaigns throughout the country. California donors have long been a big source of cash for the party.

Three Republicans are competing to oppose Boxer, but she’s been particularly worried about former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina. Fiorina’s independently wealthy, and she’s blasted Boxer in advertisements.

“Lots of talk in Washington, but no solutions from Barbara Boxer. Why?," Fiorina said in one ad. "Maybe because she’s been a professional politician all of her life.”

In the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, former Congressman Tom Campbell holds a five-point lead over Fiorina. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Orange County is a distant third.

But nearly 40 percent of Republican voters remain undecided.

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