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The Next US Senator From California…Will be a Woman of Color

08 Jun

There is no Republican candidate left standing in the California US Senate race. IN California’s system all candidates vie in an electoral “scrum”, and the top two become the candidates running for the Senate. This year, both candidates are Democrats.

The numbers right now significantly favor California Attorney General Kamala Harris, principally because of statewide name recognition – but, anything can happen between now and November. Looks like a win-win for the folks from California, and the country.

This is also the first time no Republican was selected by the voters to be one of the candidates for a statewide ticket. Looks like the Ch-trump is already paying dividends for Democrats.

No Matter What Happens, The Next Senator From California Will Be A Woman Of Color

Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, are set to face off in November’s general election.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez came out on top in Tuesday’s primary for California’s open seat in the U.S. Senate, all but ensuring a woman of color will represent the Golden State in the upper chamber next year.

Harris and Sanchez are both Democrats. California has what’s known as a “jungle” primary system, where candidates from all party affiliations compete against each other in the nominating contest. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election in November. (Thirty-four candidates, including 12 Republicans, ran for the seat this year, but most failed to gain any traction.)

No matter who wins in November, the election is expected to break some important barriers. Sanchez would be the first Latina in the Senate, while Harris would be the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in over two decades. Harris’ motherwas from India, which means Harris would also be the first South Asian-American in the Senate.

Either Sanchez or Harris would be the first woman of color to represent California in the Senate. November’s election will also mark the first time a Republican does not appear on the ballot for a statewide race.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Democrat Primary

 

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6 responses to “The Next US Senator From California…Will be a Woman of Color

  1. roderick2012

    June 8, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    I honestly don’t understand why Sanchez is running because DiFi isn’t running for re-election in 2018 so that seat is hers for the taking unless she’s trying to increase her name recognition by running this election cycle, but I think Newsome wants to succeed Brown as governor and someone will have to appointed to replace Harris as Attorney General so I don’t see any other Democrat who will oppose her in 2018.

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    • btx3

      June 8, 2016 at 3:38 PM

      They are both running for DiFi’s seat.

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      • roderick2012

        June 9, 2016 at 9:37 AM

        No they are running for Boxer’s seat–she’s retiring this year. DiFi’s term doesn’t end until 2018.

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      • btx3

        June 9, 2016 at 5:04 PM

        OK…Soooooo…The loser of this round gets the next one!

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      • roderick2012

        June 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM

        That’s the only reason I can think that Sanchez is running because Harris has been leading in the polls since she announced.

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      • btx3

        June 9, 2016 at 6:27 PM

        Gives her time to get that statewide visibility.

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