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Barbara Boxer claims victory as Carly Fiorina refuses to concede

November 2, 2010 | 11:30 pm

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Sen. Barbara Boxer declared victory Tuesday night as votes were still being tallied and her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, refused to concede the race.

"This is my 11th straight election victory and what a sweet one it is," Boxer said at a victory party in Hollywood.

Just before Boxer took the stage, Fiorina spoke in Irvine, asking her supporters to keep faith until more voters were counted.

Fiorina noted Republican gains across the country, saying, "it is a great night to be a Republican tonight."

But, she said, "California's always a little bit different, right? Here in California, here is where we are; 36% of the vote has been counted and we are in a dead heat. The facts are, it is too close to call, the facts are it's going to be a long night. We're going to be watching those returns all night. All those people who called the race, it was maybe not a smart thing to do."

-- Anthony York and Kate Linthicum

Photo credit: Eric Thayer / Getty Images

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