Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina won their respective primary races Tuesday.
Incumbent Lincoln, elected to the Senate in 1998 (http://lincoln.senate.gov/about/Biography.cfm), defeated state Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter for the Democratic party nomination. According to the New York Times, Lincoln prevailed despite an expensive campaign against her by environmental and labor organizations as well as some advocacy groups. Lincoln relied heavily on endorsements from other politicians including Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, reported the Washington Post. With a steady pro-choice voting record, Lincoln faces Congressman John Boozman (R-AR) in the general election.
Also on Tuesday, Carly Fiorina won the Republican Senate primary in California, after defeating her opponents, former Congressman Tom Campbell and State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is a strict conservative and opponent to abortion and gay rights, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a former spokeswoman for John McCain's 2008 campaign. Fiorina will face incumbent Barbara Boxer (D) in the upcoming Senate race.
Senator Boxer has served for 17 years in the US Senate and currently chairs the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues. Boxer is also a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. She has fought for a wide range of women's rights ranging from reversing the global gag rule, which President Barack Obama repealed during the first days of his presidency, to championing the Afghan Women Empowerment Act.
Media Resources: San Francisco Chronicle 6/9/10; New York Times 6/8/10; Washington Post 6/9/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 11/5/10
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