Whitman, Fiorina Win In California But November Prospects Look Bleak
It was a big night for Republican women in California last night, but the celebration may be short-lived:
California Republicans reached for history in Tuesday’s primary elections, as Meg Whitman claimed the party’s nomination for governor and Carly Fiorina won the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, results that gave women the Republican nominations for the two most powerful statewide political offices for the first time.
The two wealthy businesswomen, who powered their first electoral bids with millions of dollars of their own money, swept into election day as the front-runners and rode the momentum of an angry electorate that spurned the appeals of veteran politicians competing against them on the ballot.
Neither one touted her gender overtly on the campaign trail, but Whitman embraced it Tuesday night as she greeted supporters near Universal Studios.
“Career politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., be warned — you now face your worst nightmare; two businesswomen from the real world who know how to create jobs, balance budgets and get things done!” she said, after congratulating Fiorina.
The celebration could be short-lived, however. Whitman trials her Democratic opponent, former Governor and Attorney General Jerry Brown, and Fiorna is behind Barbara Boxer in the Senate race. If they win, it could go a long way toward making California a competitive state again for the first time since the 1980s, but Republicans shouldn’t hold out too much hope.