Fiorina remains hospitalized because of infection

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina greets supporter Dr. Reza Karkia (R) during a town hall meeting Aranda Tools Inc. during a campaign event on October 6, 2010 in Huntington Beach, California.

Hospitalized Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina will be under doctors' observation today because of an infection stemming from reconstructive surgery she underwent after a bout with breast cancer.

Doctors treating Fiorina, 56, "and are taking every precaution to ensure that she can return to her busy campaign schedule," her chief of staff Deborah Bowker said.

Fiorina was scheduled to campaign in Riverside and Coachella Tuesday.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, stood in for Fiorina at a news conference at Green Power Resource Management in Riverside, criticizing Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., for her support of the federal stimulus plan.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, spoke on Fiorina's behalf at Old World Stone in Coachella, praising her for "helping businesses of all sizes grow and succeed."

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, is scheduled to appear on Fiorina's behalf at a San Diego news conference today.

Campaign officials would not specify where Fiorina, 56, is hospitalized.

"Carly is thankful for all of the prayers and encouragement she has received today from family, friends and supporters," Bowker said. "She is anxious to get back on the campaign trail later this week and is very much looking forward to a victory on Nov. 2."

Fiorina, a former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, is trying to unseat Boxer, who was first elected to the seat in 1992. No Republican has won a Senate race in California since 1988 when Pete Wilson was re-elected to a second term.

"We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon," Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski said.

First lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Boxer all used speeches at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles Tuesday to wish Fiorina a speedy recovery.

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