Sanchez Appeals to Republicans in California Senate Race

Trailing Kamala Harris by double digits in polls, Sanchez launches new ad

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, left, is trying to hit fellow Democrat Kamala Harris from both the left and the right in their race for Barbara Boxer‘s Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez is appealing to Republicans as she tries to overcome opponent Kamala Harris’ huge lead in their race for the Senate.

Sanchez has released a new ad that highlights her record on small business and national security, and talks about living and working her whole life in Southern California. However, the ad also says that she voted against the Iraq War and the Wall Street bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

Sanchez and Harris, both Democrats, are running to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer after finishing 1-2 in the state’s open primary in June. Under California election rules, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Some polls show Harris with a 2-to-1 advantage over Sanchez. Polls also show many Golden State Republicans say they will skip voting in the Senate race.

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Sanchez has also launched a website criticizing Harris, the state’s attorney general, from both the left and the right.

For example, it criticizes Harris’ record on a national mortgage settlement she and other state attorneys general negotiated, saying she went soft on the big banks. It also says Harris is mum on whether officers should wear body cameras.

The site also notes that a program that Harris instituted to help those in the criminal justice system rehabilitate through employment wound up giving jobs to undocumented immigrants.

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