Two millionaire businesswomen win California Republican primaries

21:46, June 09, 2010      

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California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (L) chats with her senior advisor Henry Gomez during a walk-through for her election night party in Los Angeles, California, June 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Agencies)

Millionaire businesswomen Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman both handily won Republican primaries for the Senate and governor's races in California, the U.S., according to media reports Wednesday.

Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO, easily defeated state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, CNN reported.

She will faces state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former governor, in the general election. The winner will succeed term-limited Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The network said Whitman poured more than 71 million U.S. dollars of her own funds into the primary race and has said she was prepared to put in as much as 150 million dollars to win the office.

In the contest for Senate, Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, handily captured the Republican nomination after defeating former U.S. Representative Tom Campbell, and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, the network said.

Fiorina will face three-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in the midterm elections.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies


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