How Senate Republican contenders stack up against Boxer – abortion and more

Mercury News: “Sen. Barbara Boxer, a polarizing Democrat whose approval ratings rarely have topped 50 percent even in the best of times. But if the opportunity appears ripe for a Republican takeover of a seat Boxer has held for almost two decades, less clear is which GOP candidate has the best chance of pulling it off. Is it former congressman Tom Campbell, whose stance favoring abortion rights would deprive Boxer of an issue she’s used to batter past GOP opponents? Or would Carly Fiorina — the first female after a succession of male opponents that Boxer has dismantled — give the senator the biggest fits? And then there’s conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a favorite of party activists, who may be best able to harness ‘tea party’ anger at Washington . . . “