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Former GOP chair Sundheim joins Senate race

Former Chairman of the California Republican Party Duf Sundheim at the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento on Feb. 10, 2007.
Former Chairman of the California Republican Party Duf Sundheim at the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento on Feb. 10, 2007. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Former California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim formally announced Wednesday that he would seek the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, adding to the field of GOP candidates mounting on uphill climb for what is considered a safe Democratic seat.

“I am running for the United States Senate to give the people of California a voice in their government,” Sundheim said. “California has suffered an economic earthquake that has split our state in two. We have seen one of the greatest accumulations of wealth in history, but there are 8.9 million people living in poverty.”

Other major Republicans in the race are Rocky Chávez, an assemblyman from Oceanside, and ex-state GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. On the Democratic side are Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange.

The top-two finishers in June’s primary, regardless of their political affiliation, advance to the November runoff.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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