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Fiorina loans campaign $2.5 million

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has lent $2.5 million of her own money to her campaign for the U.S. Senate, indication she’s willing to invest significant personal resources into the effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina also raised nearly $1.1 million in donations during her first two months in the race. After expenses, that gives her about $2.7 million going into 2010, according to her campaign.

Fiorina hopes to give California’s junior senator her most formidable re-election test, but she will have to survive what could be a challenging Republican primary against state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

Fiorina has been vague about how much of her family’s money she would put into the race, saying she had no plans to fund it herself.