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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former head of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina speaks to supporters while waiting for election results, during the California Republican Party Victory 2010 Election Night party held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on November 2, 2010 in Irvine, California. Incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) declared victory despite opponent Fiorina refusing to concede their tight senate race.
After refusing to concede last night, Carly Fiorina conceded today in her bid for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Boxer declared victory on election night, despite Fiorina's initial refusal to concede.
Carly Fiorina gave her concession speech at an Irvine storefront. In that speech, she wished Barbara Boxer well. She said the Democrats' registration advantage in California, especially in L.A. County, put Boxer over the top.
Gail Pacheco volunteered many hours on the Fiorina campaign. She runs a manufacturing business in Walnut.
"In the urban areas, Democrats overwhelmingly came out for Barbara Boxer. In the state of California, obviously, the Democratic registration is much higher than the Republican," said Pacheco. "But that being said, I will say that in a very Democratic Central Valley, they overwhelmingly came out for Carly Fiorina – and for jobs."
Pacheco added, "The social platform appeals to many, many people, but I think, in this climate right now, it's jobs. It's all about jobs, and how can we create jobs, and how do we get the water turned back on for our Central Valley and our farmers? I manufacture products for farm equipment. It's affected my business. It's down from over $200,000 a month down to $60,000 a month. It's a huge trickle-down impact that this lack of jobs is having."
Carly Fiorina didn't answer any questions about her political future. Gail Pacheco believes that Miss Fiorina should run again for political office.