With one week to go until the California primary, I thought it'd be nice to start a thread where we can discuss all the interesting races going on. So, starting off: U.S. Senate Senator Barbara Boxer (D) is running for a fourth term. Although California is a solidly Democratic state, she is vulnerable in the general election. Maybe it's my personal bias, but from people I've talked to, there's a perception that she's been far too lucky in her races for far too long. The Republican field is crowded. Tom Campbell is a former congressman, state senator, and dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is as socially moderate as it gets in the GOP (pro-choice, pro-gay marriage), and he also has a reputation for not being afraid to hand out harsh fiscal medicine. But, sadly, he has no money. Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and was a very effective spokesperson for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign until she said that neither McCain nor Sarah Palin had what it takes to run a major corporation. She does have celebrity status and lots of cash. Among the Senate candidates she's been the only one consistently on the airwaves. She has aggressively positioned herself as a conservative, siphoning off support that would otherwise go to conservative Rep. Chuck DeVore, the 3rd major GOP candidate in the race. She even won Palin's endorsement. Let's not forget that she's also put forth some eye-catching web ads (ad 1, ad 2).