WASHINGTON Oct 26 After trailing Democratic
rival U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for months in fund-raising and
spending, California Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina is
closing the money gap, both parties said on Tuesday.
A Washington-based Republican Party affiliate, the National
Republican Senatorial Committee, said it was sponsoring a $3
million TV ad campaign in support of Fiorina in the campaign's
The money would pay for an attack ad characterizing Boxer
as "self serving" and "ineffective" ahead of Tuesday's midterm
elections, the group said.
Democrat-leaning California is one of 10 states the
Republicans must pick up to win control of the Senate. The
Republicans are seen likely winning control of the House of
Earlier this month, Fiorina, the former chief executive
officer of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, bolstered her own
campaign treasury with loans of $1.25 million in personal
As election day approaches, most polls have showed Boxer
leading Fiorina by five or more percentage points, though some
recent surveys suggest the race may be tightening.
A Boxer campaign aide acknowledged that Fiorina has been
catching up in the money race in recent weeks and that she
expects to be outspent in the final days.
Federal Election Commission data show that as of the end of
September, Fiorina's campaign had $1.8 million cash on hand and
an outstanding debt of $543,000, compared to $6.5 million cash
on hand and no debt reported by Boxer's campaign.
Fiorina was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday for treatment
of an infection related to reconstructive surgery this summer
after breast cancer, but she was expected to make a quick
recovery and return to the campaign trail in California.