With 19% of the vote counted, the California Secretary of State has Carly Fiorina just about 1% ahead of Barbara Boxer. Nevertheless, AP has called the election for Boxer:

(AP) LOS ANGELES – Democrat Barbara Boxer has won her fourth term in the U.S. Senate, dashing GOP hopes of removing the liberal icon with a strong challenge from former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina.

Boxer’s re-election Tuesday was not easy. She faced a multimillionaire candidate and a wave of attack ads funded by out-of-state business and conservative groups.

The campaign was among the most challenging in the 69-year-old senator’s long political career, as she found herself defending Democratic attempts to turn around the struggling economy.

Fiorina blamed Democrats for failed economic policies, but Boxer turned the tables and said Fiorina represented a return to past Republican policies that created the recession.

Boxer also painted Fiorina as too extreme for most California voters on issues ranging from abortion to gun control.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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