[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/09/art.nreagan0306.gi.jpg caption="Nancy Reagan endorsed California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina Wednesday."]
(CNN) - Nancy Reagan weighed in on the Senate and gubernatorial races in her home state on Wednesday, offering her endorsement of the Republican candidates in both California races.
The former first lady announced her support for Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a day after the three women sat down together for a private meeting.
Both women said they are honored to have the endorsement of Reagan, a former first lady of California.
"She and I share the same core values, and I am thankful to have her confidence and support behind my campaign for U.S. Senate," Fiorina said.
Fiorina is locked in a tight battle to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Whitman also faces a tough challenge from Attorney General Jerry Brown to succeed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Whitman also expressed her gratitude to Reagan.
"The legacies of President Reagan and Nancy Reagan have long been an inspiration to me, and their impact on our state and our nation is immeasurable," Whitman said.