Fiorina, who lost a U.S. Senate race in California in 2010 by 10 points, has never registered above 3% in the national presidential polls. But she is showing signs of momentum. She cracked the top 10 in a national survey for the first time last week, a requisite to win a spot in the first Republican primary debate in August.

In Denver on Saturday, she placed second in a conservative gathering’s straw poll — not an indicator of her likelihood of winning the GOP nomination, but a sign of the enthusiasm she is generating among grass-roots activists.

Source: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina winning over skeptics – LA Times