SACRAMENTO (AP) — Re-emerging on the campaign trail after being hospitalized over two days, Republican Senate challenger Carly Fiorina on Thursday declared she is “completely cancer free” and feels “fantastic.”

The former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive was greeted by about 50 supporters at McClellan Business Park in suburban Sacramento and thanked people for their well wishes. She dismissed any concerns that her health would be a factor in her close race against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Nikki Medoro Reports from Sacramento:

“There certainly are no health concerns in the coming days,” Fiorina said. “It’s fairly common, unfortunately, for women who have been through the kind of breast cancer and reconstructive surgery that I went through to sometimes get infections. They need to be treated aggressively and quickly. And this one was. I feel fantastic.”

Fiorina, 56, was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning and released Wednesday after being treated for an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery she had over the summer after breast cancer.

She resumed her busy schedule Thursday and was expected to appear in Orange County in the afternoon before hop-scotching throughout the state during the final weekend before Election Day.

Boxer also was in the Sacramento area, greeting Democratic supporters at Clean Energy Systems Inc., a firm that makes zero-emission power generators. She cast her opponent as someone who would roll back California’s environmental efforts.

“She’s standing with Texas oil companies against California innovators like these,” Boxer said of Fiorina’s support for Proposition 23, a ballot measure that seeks to suspend California’s greenhouse gas emissions law.

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