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Will Fiorina Beat Boxer in California's Senate Race?

Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO.
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Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

Yesterday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina easily captured the California Republican Senate primary, setting the table for a showdown with Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. This leads to today’s Kudlow Caucus question:

Will Carly Fiorina beat Barbara Boxer in the Californa senate race?

Take our poll below and tell us what you think! Watch "The Kudlow Report" tonight at 7pm ET and find out what out caucus members have to say or check back here later for a summary from our caucus members.



The Kudlow Caucus Breakdown

Yes
Jerry BowyerEconomist, CNBC Contributor
This the year of the conservative woman. Hear her roar!

Yes
Andrew B. BuschGlobal Currency and Public Policy Strategist
BMO Capital Markets
Yes, the anti-incumbent, anti-democrat theme will work in November as the economy isn't growing fast enough to create jobs.

Yes
Kellyanne ConwayCEO and President
the polling company™
Boxer is a 28-year Washington insider with a predictably pro-government, anti-growth record. Fiorina is a fiscal and social conservative with executive experience outside of government. Carly has run a company, and she'll run the tables in November.

No
David GoodfriendLawyer
California is still a Blue State and Boxer is a tough political street-fighter. She will hammer Fiorina on environmental, immigration and other issues.

Yes
Jim LaCampPortfolio Manager, Portfolio Focus, RBC Wealth Management
Co-Host, Opening Bell Radio Show, Biz Radio Network
As the news flow continues to highlight the ill effects of tax and spend, which is most pronounced in California, voters will want to affect change.

Yes
Art LafferFmr. Reagan Economic Advisor
Chief Investment Officer, Laffer Investments
She is the better candidate, and Californians, while not overly bright, aren’t stupid.

Yes
Donald L. Luskin Chief Investment Officer, Trend Macrolytics LLC
Carly has an upbeat pro-growth message and is a social liberal.

Yes
Daniel J. Mitchell
Senior Fellow
Cato Institute
Yes, but knocking off Sen. Boxer will be an uphill battle. The good news for Republicans is that the incumbent is widely seen as a show horse and a lightweight. The bad news is that California over the years has become a reliably left-wing state. The wild card is that voters are in a surly mood and it is increasingly clear that Boxer's tax-and-spend agenda is precisely what has turned California's economy into a basket case. The unanswered question is whether Golden State voters will draw the obvious conclusion.

Yes
Steve MooreSr. Economics Writer, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
Yes, it’s the year of the non-incumbent woman.

Yes
Peter Navarro
Business Professor
University of California, Irvine
Republicans and Independents hate Boxer. Many Democrats also hate Boxer’s personality and hold their noses when they vote for her because they like her policies. Fiorina will trump Boxer on the gender card and be much more likable – she’ll win by 5 to 8 points. Let the fur fly.

Yes
James Pethokoukis
Money & Politics Columnist
Reuters
This is the first time Boxer has run against a woman, a well-financed woman, a well-financed woman who is a super tough campaigner. Plus the GOP in general will have a strong wind at its back thanks to the economy, healthcare and the BP oil spill. And if you look at Boxer's historical poll numbers, voters have never completely warmed to her.

No
Mark Walsh
Political Strategist and Campaign Innovator
Incumbency still matters and Carly’s business expertise is not strong enough.

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