U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, left, points a finger toward fellow candidate Loretta Sanchez during a debate at Cal State Los Angeles on Oct. 5, 2016.
Other than the presidency, perhaps the most consequential race facing Californians Nov. 8 is the U.S. Senate contest between Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, of Orange. They are seeking to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. There are no term limits in the U.S. Senate – last time Californians selected a new senator was in 1992.
Both Harris and Sanchez are Democrats, marking the first time since California adopted the top-two primary system that voters will be asked to select from two members of the same party for a statewide office. That also makes the choice difficult for many voters, particularly Republicans.
Here’s a quick guide to the Senate race, with the candidates’ position on issues and coverage from The Bee.
Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris – their backgrounds and positions on key issues
Loretta Sanchez makes some moves, takes some hits in U.S. Senate debate with Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris picks her fights as criminal justice crusader
Does Loretta Sanchez have what it takes to be California’s senator?
Kamala Harris spending big chunk of money raised for Senate race
Kamala Harris, husband release 2015 tax returns; Loretta Sanchez declines
‘An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal’ – Kamala Harris presses for Latino vote
Race a factor in Obama’s endorsement of Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez says
Loretta Sanchez seen as unscripted alternative for U.S. Senate
How Loretta Sanchez can compete with Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate
Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage American Indians