California Attorney General Kamala Harris defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) in the election Tuesday for the open seat of California in the United States Senate, which they elected the first black woman to the upper chamber in more than two decades.
Harris will Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Who replaced known her retirement in 2014 made after more than two decades in the Senate.
She usually breaking down some notable barriers: Harris is the second black woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the Senate. They also represent the first woman of color to California in the room.
Harris established early dominance in the race by announcing her candidacy shortly after Boxer said she would resign, and held a strong lead over Sanchez during the game. The progressive Attorney General, known for working on reform of the criminal justice system since taking office in 2011, the support of much of the country had the top Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They also notched notes Boxer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) And California Governor Jerry Brown.
Harris convenient won the primary of June with nearly 40 percent of the vote, while Sanchez finished second with 19 percent. California has what is known as a jungle primary system, which means that the top two vote-getters in primaries advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.
Sanchez, who represents some of Southern California’s Orange County, sought to win Republicans had no candidate of their own on the ballot. She is often seen as more conservative than Harris on issues such as national security and gun control, and argued that her experience on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees made her more qualified to deal with national issues than her opponent.
The strategy won over a number of prominent Republicans. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Who is in a tight re-election race of his own was endorsed Sanchez in September and appeared with her at an event in his district of San Diego. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan also endorsed the Democratic candidate, both citing its history of compromise with the Republicans in Congress.
However, the strategy can also alienated Democrats in the heavily blue-leaning state. Surveys found Harris’ lead slightly wider as the race went. And Latino voters, who make up about a third of voters in California, gradually shifted from support for Sanchez to support Harris. Many Republicans (if elected, Sanchez would be the first Latina to serve in the Senate. Been going), meanwhile, said they would not all in the mood to choose each other in the race.
Despite the fact that first open Senate race in California since 1992, the race failed to attract much attention and was largely overshadowed by the presidential race. Polls found the race drawing little interest among California voters, and many Republicans said they would choose the ballot for the seat.
The game also had some headline-making moments. A debate between the two candidates in early October was most remembered for Sanchez do awkward of dab, a movement popularized by NFL star Cam Newton. biggest controversy of the campaign, meanwhile, was Sanchez implies Obama endorsed Harris, because they both black.