03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Carly Fiorina Admits Not Voting For Years

Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina face a tall order in their quest for the state's highest political offices: Persuade voters they're not just wealthy ex-CEOs looking to indulge their egos in politics now that their business careers are tapped out. That's why their failure to perform the most basic civic duty -- voting -- for much of their adult lives is a potentially powerful issue, analysts say. It reinforces the notion that their interest in politics is less than sincere.

"It confirms voters' suspicions that they're running out of boredom or because they like the trappings of power," said Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist who is not involved in either race.

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