Democrat Kamala Harris Elected in California’s Open Senate Race
Incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer did not seek re-election
Democrat Kamala Harris will defeat Rep. Loretta Sanchez in California’s open-seat Senate race, The Associated Press projects.
Harris led Sanchez 65 percent to 35 percent with 5 percent of precincts reporting.
She succeeds retiring four-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has held the seat since 1993.
Harris and Sanchez, both Democrats, finished 1-2 in California’s June primary. Under the state’s election rules, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.
Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Safe Democrat by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.
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Harris has been California’s attorney general since 2011 and will become the second African-American woman to ever serve in the Senate.
She ran on a platform emphasizing criminal justice reform. In the Senate, she has said she would like tackle a number of issues, including strengthening cybersecurity and reinstating the assault weapons ban.