Raleigh, N.C. – For a time last summer, the California Senate race between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina was a close one, but even in a Republican wave, Boxer ended up cruising to re-election. Her much more popular senior colleague, Dianne Feinstein, will benefit not only from greater favor with voters but also a more favorable electorate when she is up next year. Except for her first re-election race in 1994, Feinstein has never lost by fewer than 16 points. As it stands now, that trend should hold. Any Republican thrown at her gets blown out by at least 14 points.