Illness on the part of Fiorina in the last week of the election didn't help her case.
Barbara Boxer won, and during her victory speech she noted that this has been the toughest campaign in her career. Barbara Boxer is 69 years old.
This was a close race, and it could have gone either way. In addition to Fiorina, Meg Whitman the former eBay frontwoman also lost her bid for the California governor's seat.
Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi are two high-profiled incumbents that will make a return to Washington for another term.