U.S. Senate


U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein got a big-name endorsement in her fourth campaign for re-election: Governor Jerry Brown.  KVCR's Ben Bradford has details.

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Billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer is not ruling out a challenge to incumbent California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein next year, if Feinstein decides to run for re-election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


California will elect its first new U.S. Senator in almost a quarter-century tomorrow (Tuesday), and the candidates -- both Democrats -- are making their final pitches to voters.  Well, one of them is.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the frontrunner in the race is campaigning hard, but not for the Senate seat she's running for. 

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In the race for California's open U.S. Senate seat, state Attorney General Kamala Harris still has a big poll and fundraising lead over Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, as both candidates take to the airwaves with new campaign ads.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


California Attorney General Kamala Harris' campaign to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate got a big boost yesterday:  an endorsement from Boxer, and from the state's other U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein.  The high-profile endorsements came just hours before Harris faced her fellow Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, in a debate televised statewide last night.  Katie Orr filed this story for The California Report.

Two new polls on the U.S. Senate race in California offer contradictory trends.  San Diego public station KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma says one poll shows Attorney General Kamala Harris strengthening her advantage over Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  The other poll shows the race tightening.


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are making their preferences known in the California U.S. Senate race.  They issued a short statement yesterday (Tuesday) endorsing state Attorney General Kamala Harris.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that leaves the race's other Democrat out in the cold.

Our fact-checking initiative PolitiFact California is kicking off its coverage of California's U.S. Senate race.  We'll be checking statements by all candidates in the race.  We start with a claim by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez - one of the top contenders for California's open Senate seat this year.  As part of our California Counts election coverage, Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this fact check.

California Democratic congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is standing by her statement that up to 20 percent of the world's Muslims want to form an Islamic caliphate - and that they're willing to use terrorism to do it. 


California Attorney General Kamala Harris has a challenger as she seeks the Democratic nomination for U.S, Senate, as she seeks to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer.  Orange County Member of Congress Loretta Sanchez formally announced yesterday that she will enter the race.  Erica Aguilar filed this story for the California Report.

Kamala Harris Will Run For U.S. Senate

Jan 13, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the first out of the gate in the race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.  Harris announced this morning that she will be a candidate for the seat up for election next year.  Others are expected to follow, and some who've been mentioned as possible candidates for the seat have bowed out.  NPR's Giles Snyder filed this report earlier this morning, just hours before Harris made her official announcement today.