California Voters Make History In Senate Race

Jun 8, 2016

Kamala Harris was the clear front-runner of California's Senate race, grabbing more than 40% of the vote. She'll face runner-up and fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez in the general election.

California voters will face an historic choice between two female, minority Democrats for senator in November. Our reporter Amy Westervelt has this story.

Longtime U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's seat is up for grabs this year and 34 candidates wanted a shot at it. Unlike most other states, in California Congressional races, voters’ top two primary picks move on to the general election. That's irrespective of their party. This year Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez won those spots, locking out Republican candidates for the first time since the state started electing senators.

Like many local California voters Truckee resident Alison Murray says the race was overwhelming. “The Senate race was a tough decision because there were really a lot of candidates," she says. "I’m not going to give my opinion on it because there were just so many candidates, but it’s good to see so many options and it was a solid race there.”

With the field narrowed, California voters will choose a new senator for the first time in two decades.