Attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has lost her bid for a seat in the California state Senate.
Fluke captured the national spotlight in 2012 when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" after she testified at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate. Fluke, then a student at Georgetown Law School, responded to the controversy by continuing to speak out on women's health issues, and spoke at that year's Democratic National Convention.
Fluke lost to fellow Democrat Ben Allen, a Santa Monica-Malibu school board member, by over 21 points. As The Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal reported last month, real estate mogul Bill Bloomfield poured $1.3 million into independent expenditures backing Allen's campaign, an enormous amount for a state Senate race. Both Fluke and Allen raised over $1 million for their respective campaigns.
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