Boxer claims victory in Senate race

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer declared victory over GOP rival Carly Fiorina on Tuesday night, ending one of the hottest, most fiercely contested and expensive Senate races in the nation.

The expected win for Boxer, 69, would give her a fourth term and buck the Republican tide that swept the nation.

In Congress, Boxer has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for the environment and children. She is the only senator to head two committees, the environment and ethics panels.

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