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Carly Fiorina injects $1.1 million more into her campaign

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.

Fiorina, who aired new ads this week casting herself as the "battle-tested" conservative who could beat Boxer, led her fellow candidates with $2.5 million cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. Campbell and DeVore reported $1.1 million and $411,000 respectively. The next round of financial reports is due later in May.

-- Maeve Reston in Los Angeles

 
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