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Fiorina Set For Release From Hospital

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was expected to be released from a hospital today after successful treatment of an infection stemming from reconstructive surgery she underwent after a bout with breast cancer.

Fiorina, 56, was expected to be back on the campaign trail Thursday, according to her campaign.

"Since she was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning, Carly has been successfully treated for the infection she had as a result of reconstructive surgery following her victory over breast cancer," according to a statement from the Fiorina campaign. "This morning, her doctors gave her the good news that she will be released form the hospital today and can resume her busy campaign scheduled tomorrow.

"Carly is grateful for the outpouring of well-wishes and prayers from so many Californians."

Campaign officials would not specify where Fiorina is hospitalized. They also did not say exactly when Fiorina was expected to be released.

On Tuesday, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, stood in for Fiorina at a news conference at Green Power Resource Management in Riverside, criticizing Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., for her support of the federal stimulus plan.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, spoke on Fiorina's behalf at Old World Stone in Coachella, praising her for "helping businesses of all sizes grow and succeed."

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, is scheduled to appear on Fiorina's behalf at a San Diego news conference today.

Fiorina, a former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, is trying to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who was first elected to the seat in 1992. No Republican has won a Senate race in California since 1988, when Pete Wilson was re-elected to a second term.

"We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon," Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski said Tuesday.

First lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Boxer all used speeches at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles Tuesday to wish Fiorina a speedy recovery.

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