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Loretta Sanchez announcement back on for Thursday

Rep. Loretta Sanchez speaks to a group last month in San Francisco.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez speaks to a group last month in San Francisco. ccadelago@sacbee.com

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s previously scheduled announcement about her U.S. Senate plans is back on again for Thursday.

Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, will follow through with the 11 a.m. news conference at the Santa Ana Train Station. Though a campaign consultant declined to discuss what she plans to say, such public events are typically reserved for formal campaign launches.

Confirmation of the “significant political announcement” comes a day after The Bee and Politico obtained an email invitation to supporters in which Sanchez said she planned to kickoff the race at the same time and venue. “Together we will win,” Sanchez wrote in an email.

A spokesman later said the invitation was a draft that was released by mistake, and it remained unclear whether Sanchez intended to run.

Sanchez, one of a handful of federal lawmakers who spent months mulling a bid, would become the second Democrat in the contest to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer. Since entering the race in January, Attorney General Kamala Harris has secured several high profile endorsements and banked more than $2.5 million.

Sanchez had $540,000 in her campaign account as of the close of the first quarter.

Christopher Cadelago: (916) 326-5538, @ccadelago

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