SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina congratulated Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown on his election tonight. In addition, she noted that this win for a Republican in a state considered more “blue” than California has serious implications for the already vulnerable three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer in California.
“I extend my sincere congratulations to Senator-elect Scott Brown on his successful campaign and big win in Massachusetts this evening. Voters made themselves heard loud and clear tonight – they are ready for checks and balances in Washington and leaders who will address the issues they care about most: job creation, economic growth and fiscal responsibility in Washington. This sentiment extends across the country all the way to California, where voters are unsatisfied with the status quo and are ready for a leader who will address the issues with more than just rhetoric and increased government spending.
“This news out of Massachusetts tonight is not good news for Barbara Boxer. Over the last 18 years, she has repeatedly taken California voters for granted and cast votes that have cost Californians jobs, increased our taxes and contributed to the rapid increase in our national debt. I challenge her to learn a lesson from tonight and become the 42nd vote on the side of California taxpayers, instead of for the special interests. And throughout this campaign, I intend to hold her accountable for her failed record, while also continuing to make the priorities of the people of California – job creation and reining in out-of-control government spending – my first priorities.”
There are many electoral similarities between Massachusetts and California. In Massachusetts, Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1; in California, Democratic voter registration outpaces Republican registration 44.6 percent to 31.1 percent. In addition, Democrats dominate both states’ congressional delegations and statehouses.
In the latest public polling on the U.S. Senate race in California released last Friday, Boxer fails to break 50 percent with voters. In a head-to-head matchup, Carly Fiorina, who has been a candidate for approximately 80 days and is the strongest Republican candidate in the race, trails Boxer by just 3 percent, well within the margin of error.