Only in the craziest election cycle in recent memory could the candidate hoping to have Republicans carry her to victory in California's open Senate seat be a Latina Democrat.
Both candidates to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate are Democrats. This is thanks to California's Prop. 14, passed in 2010, which makes the general election in any statewide race a contest between the top two vote-getters in the primaries, regardless of party. This election is the first time a Republican has been shut out of a Senate race in the state. That presented Rep. Loretta Sanchez—the second of the top two—with a challenge and an opportunity.
Kamala Harris, the state's attorney general, is the frontrunner, the Democratic establishment's candidate with superior fundraising and statewide name recognition. Sanchez knew that if she was to have a shot at winning, she would have to appeal to a broad coalition of Latinos, Democrats bucking the establishment, independents, and, yes, Republicans, who in California have been dwindling in numbers and relevance for years.
Sanchez's strategy could serve as the playbook for future statewide Latino candidates, who need Republicans to win, according to Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist who specializes in Latino issues. He points to demographic and geographic trends as proof that this "tenuous coalition" is the only way forward for both groups.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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