Carly Fiorina set for release from hospital

LOS ANGELES Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:44pm EDT

Republican challenger Carly Fiorina answers reporters' questions following a radio debate with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (not pictured) at the KPCC studios in Pasadena, California September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Republican challenger Carly Fiorina answers reporters' questions following a radio debate with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (not pictured) at the KPCC studios in Pasadena, California September 29, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carly Fiorina, the California Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has been successfully treated for an infection and will be released from a hospital on Wednesday, her staff said.

Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive who had surgery for breast cancer in February 2009, developed the infection after a follow-up operation over the summer.

A spokeswoman for the campaign said Fiorina had been treated successfully and would be returning to the campaign trail.

"This morning, her doctors gave her the good news that she will be released from the hospital today and can resume her busy campaign schedule tomorrow," Deborah Bowker, Fiorina's chief of staff, said in a statement.

"Carly is grateful for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers from so many Californians," Bowker said.

The medical setback came at a bad time for Fiorina, less than a week before California voters cast their ballots as part of the U.S. congressional elections on November 2.

Recent opinion polls show Barbara Boxer, a powerful liberal voice in the Senate and strong supporter of President Barack Obama, running neck-and-neck with Fiorina, a political novice making her first run for public office.

Political analysts have called the race a toss-up despite California's reputation as a solidly Democratic state, saying voter dissatisfaction and the state's high unemployment rate have left Boxer vulnerable.

(Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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