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Fiorina predicts 'great victory in less than 36 hours'

November 1, 2010 | 12:03 pm

A confident Carly Fiorina swung through a Sacramento-area GOP phone banking center to rally supporters one day before voters head to the polls to determine the fate of her bid to unseat three-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer.

“We’re going to have a great victory in less than 36 hours,” Fiorina declared.

Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, shook the hands of every phone-banker and spoke with four voters –- all supporters -– on the phone. “Tell everyone you know to vote, everyone you know,” she told one of them.

Outside, she lit into the Democratic incumbent to the cheers of the small but boisterous crowd. “Everything she’s ever done is about taxing more and spending more and borrowing more and regulating more,” Fiorina said of Boxer. “And people are figuring out that’s not working. It’s not putting people back to work.”

In front of a bank of TV cameras and photographers, Fiorina spent as much time mingling with ineligible voters –- the 5-and-under crowd -– as she did with the adults. She asked what they wore for Halloween and took a particular liking to a young boy wearing an American flag sweater as the cameras kept clicking. “I think he’s running for office someday,” she said, praising another baby’s smile.

She took a sharper tone when asked about Boxer’s television ad that features former Hewlett-Packard employees criticizing Fiorina for laying off 30,000 workers during her tenure as chief executive. She called the ad the “height of hypocrisy.”

“She has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of campaign contributions from companies that have done precisely the same thing,” Fiorina said. “She either has to give the campaign contributions back or she needs to acknowledge that it is her policies that have driven jobs out of the state.”

-- Shane Goldmacher in Elk Grove