Calif. Candidate Fiorina to be Released from Hosptial

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SAN FRANCISCO -- California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday, one day after being admitted for an infection related to reconstructive surgery performed this summer after her successful treatment for breast cancer.

Fiorina's campaign said she has been successfully treated for the infection, and can "resume her busy campaign schedule tomorrow."

The 56-year-old's battle against Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., could determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.

California is known for palm trees, beautiful weather, and a laid back outlook. It's also known as being a liberal bastion of the West Coast.

In this turbulent election year, that could all change as a result of the Golden State's Senate race.

Boxer got her start in politics in Marin County. Fiorina owns a home in nearby Los Altos Hills. She hopes to launch her political career by taking down the three-term senator.

Fiorina, a former chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard, is running neck-and-neck against incumbent Sen. Boxer. It's a competitive race that has generated excitement among women who appear to be more motivated than ever by their choices.

"I have never been involved in a campaign before," said Paige Morrow, a campaign volunteer from Loomis. "Never volunteered before. This is the first time. We are so excited about her. We really think she's going to make a difference in Washington."

During a recent campaign event, Fiorina explained what's driving the surge among women.

"Women are extremely motivated this year by the issues that are affecting their families," Fiorina said. "And the issues that are affecting women's families are jobs. The issues affecting women's families are the debt that are piling up in Washington, D.C."

Boxer, who has been getting high-profile assistance from the White House, declined several CBN News requests for an interview. However, there are plenty of people who support her.

"I would probably just vote for Boxer," said Connor Spencer of San Francisco.

"I so want to vote for a woman with such a great business background," said Even Blosson of San Francisco. "So Carly kind of fits the bill in some ways. I would love to vote for her, but I don't agree with her policies, her issues and even her background in business."

In a state saddled with money woes and an unemployment rate above 12 percent, jobs are a major concern. It's also a central theme in television commercials aired by both sides.

"My dad was laid off recently and I just feel like jobs are really important in California," said voter Stephanie Silveira. "We need to get things fixed here."

In less than one week, California voters will decide who they think will do the best job representing them in Washington.

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