California Senate: Fiorina Announcement Soon, DeVore Could Pick up DeMint Endorsement

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina “is expected to formally launch her long-awaited Republican campaign against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer sometime this week,” Congressional Quarterly reports.

She has public appearances scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, though the campaign is not disclosing at what event, specifically, she will make her announcement.

Fiorina is considered “the desired nominee by party insiders in California and Washington, D.C.”

Fiorina is being feted at a Capitol Hill-area fundraiser next month headlined by a list of notable senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Among the others Republican senators listed as hosts of the Nov. 17 event at Bistro Bis are John McCain of Arizona, whom Fiorina served as a top surrogate in the 2008 presidential race, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a leading conservative in the chamber and an ally of DeMint’s.

Her Republican primary rival could pick up a big endorsement today from Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC).

Her main rival for the GOP nomination, state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, is hoping for a big announcement of his own. The DeVore campaign is hyping a conference call slated for Tuesday night hosted by the Senate Conservative Fund political action committee and featuring the PAC’s chairman, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Erick Erickson, editor of the influential conservative blog RedState.com.

A release touting the conference call, which is being held to discuss the state of play in the 2010 Senate races, promises that "Sen. DeMint will announce at least one major SCF endorsement at the end of the call." The DeVore campaign is leaving the strong impression that it could be him.

It will be interesting to watch these campaigns unfold as conservative activists continue to push their candidates regardless of who the national party wants to endorse.

Update – As expected, Senator DeMint has endorsed Chuck DeVore’s candidacy.  Here’s an excerpt from a press release:

Chuck DeVore, California State Assemblyman and Republican candidate for United States Senate, welcomed the endorsements of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) as he seeks his party’s nomination to face Barbara Boxer in 2010. The endorsement came on an SCF conference call, co-hosted by Senator DeMint and Erick Erickson of RedState.com.

"Chuck DeVore is a proven, tested conservative who is gaining momentum," said Senator DeMint, "He’s the kind of leader we can count on to stand up for common sense conservative principles in the United States Senate. California is the home of Ronald Reagan, my personal hero. The state has fallen on hard times recently, but I believe Chuck DeVore can begin to change that. If grassroots conservatives get behind him, he can win the primary in June and go on to defeat Barbara Boxer in November."

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