The nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor continues to resonate in races for the U.S. Senate, four months after she was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The latest example comes from California, where two Republicans running for their party's nomination have split on whether they would have supported Sotomayor.
Carly Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, said Monday that she probably would have voted for Sotomayor because “she seemed qualified.” A spokesman for Chuck DeVore, a state legislator, said that DeVore would not have because he favors only nominees who are against abortion rights.
One blogger for the San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Fiorina’s statement could be a controversial move among GOP primary voters, regardless of Sotomayor’s qualifications. But if she makes it to the general election against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Fiorina would face an electorate with a large Hispanic population that presumably supports Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice.