Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Latina Congresswoman Enters The US Senate Race in California

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10-term Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California has officially announced her candidacy for the US Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Barbara Boxer, who is retiring after two decades representing the state in the Senate, ending weeks of speculation about her intentions in the race.

Sanchez’s entrance into the race means there will indeed be a competitive primary on the Democratic side with Attorney General Kamala Harris, the former San Francisco District Attorney, kicking off her campaign in January of this year.  With Democrats typically favored to win state-wide elections in the Golden State, Sanchez will need to tap into the growing Latino voter population and motivate them to get to the polls for her if she hopes to be successful against the well-funded Harris.

Having first been elected in 1996, Sanchez described herself “as the most senior woman in Congress today on military and national security issues.”

After winning her first race for Congress by a mere 984 votes against incumbent Representative Bob Dornan, Sanchez has won each of her subsequent elections by double digits, a success she hopes to emulate heading into what is sure to be a tough road to the nomination.

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