Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina celebrates her Republican primary win on June 8. Now she's campaigning against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Fiorina argues that Boxer has failed as a leader — but critics point out it was Fiorina who was fired from Hewlett-Packard. David McNew/AP hide caption

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California residents protest Proposition 16 outside the California Public Utilities Commission offices in San Francisco last month. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Traffic passes on Interstate 15 along the eastern Mojave Desert in California. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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The Tea Party Express gathered in Searchlight, Nev. — hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — for the first stop on a three-week tour that will end in Washington, D.C. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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