Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Whitman, Fiorina cruise to victories -

Whitman, Fiorina cruise to victories -

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 results set a November match-up between Brown, 72, a career politician who has been secretary of state, governor and Oakland mayor before his current post, and Whitman, 53, who volunteered in the 2008 presidential campaign but whose previous political involvement before that was so tentative that she rarely voted.

Fiorina's victory set up a rarity in American politics — a November general election battle between two female nominees of the major parties. It and the Whitman-Brown race instantly became among the most watched races nationally with iconic Democratic veterans as key Republican targets.

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