|California Attorney General Kamala Harris will face Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in an open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). One of these women could be the state's first woman of color elected to Senate.|
The California U.S. Senate race is going to be a bitter contest. However it's just going to be only one party doing all the fighting. California state attorney general Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) will face off in a U.S. Senate race for the open seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Both candidates are Democrats and women of color. They are fighting for the seat and will court Democrats, Republicans and independents across the state for support.
Harris is from Oakland and is the daughter of Indian mother and Jamaican father. She was the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. She won the California race for Attorney General in 2010 and won reelection in 2014.
Sanchez is from Lynwood and the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. She is the current congresswoman from the 46th Congressional District. Her sister is Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) from the 38th Congressional District.
Both women are highly qualified and will be a historical first for the state. One of these candidates could become either the state's first woman of color elected to the U.S. Senate.
The Republicans by default lost the opportunity to win the seat. They have no viable candidate on the ticket.
Under California's nonpartisan blanket law, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of party, regardless of party affiliation. The top two finishers regardless of party will compete for the general election.
Washington state and Louisiana have similar races.
So it's going to be an ugly race despite it being two Democrats running.
With Harris being favored to win the race, Sanchez will have to court Republicans and independents to give her a momentum boost.
Perennial loser Carly Fiorina was the last Republican to run for the U.S. Senate seat against Boxer.
In 2010, Fiorina backed by the insurgency tried to uproot Boxer in a year when Republicans were confident enough to retake the U.S. Senate. She unsuccessfully ran for the seat.
In 2016 Fiorina would run for president. She ended that bid. She became the running mate for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). When Cruz ended his bid, she faded like fellow perennial loser Mitt Romney.
Fiorina became a historical first. Her days as a veep candidate was seven days. She goes down in history as one of the worst candidates to ever run for office.