Carly Fiorina

On politics in the Golden State
May 13, 2010 | 7:11 pm

With three weeks remaining in the close GOP race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), candidate Carly Fiorina has put an additional $1.1 million of her personal funds into her campaign.

When combined with the $2.5-million loan she made to her campaign last fall, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has now lent $3.6 million of her own money to the effort, according to her spokeswoman.

Although Fiorina’s loans are dwarfed by the combined $86 million that Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner have poured into their campaigns, they could give her a definitive edge over her two opponents, former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), as the three make their final push to reach voters.

Campbell has struggled to raise money in past campaigns. It was one reason for his departure from the governor’s race earlier this year, and Fiorina’s personal fortune could present a considerable hurdle for him in the final weeks. Late last year, she reported personal assets of $27.7 million to $121 million in filings with the Senate Ethics Committee.

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