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US Senate candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina celebrates her primary win at the California Republican Party event on California Primary Election night at the Anaheim Hilton on June 8, 2010 in Anaheim, California. Fiorina hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer who is in a virtual tie with Republican challenger Tom Campbell, according to a recent poll.
As the GOP girds its loins for the November elections, it will need to pull out all stops to woo voters – fewer than 31 percent of California voters are registered Republicans, compared to 45 percent registered Democrats. Polls show a tight race in the top contests: Republican Meg Whitman vs. Democrat Jerry Brown for Governor, and the GOP’s Carly Fiorina vs. the Dem’s Barbara Boxer for the Senate seat. The California Republican State Convention this past weekend showcased all their top-ticket hopefuls – a diverse lineup that includes two women, an African-American and a Latino candidate. Is this a bid to widen the Republican base, and will it help them gain ground with disgruntled Dems and decline-to-state voters?
Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter who covered the GOP Convention
Jon Fleischman, Southern California Vice Chairman of the State GOP