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The race to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement that she will not seek reelection put an end to years of frustration on the part of a younger generation of California politicians who can now start elbowing their way upward in the state's first wide-open U.S. Senate race since 1992.

California's strongly Democratic tilt makes it likely that the party will hold the seat, but not without a fierce contest among those whose Senate ambitions have long been thwarted by Boxer and fellow Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

  • Top U.S. Senate candidates run quietly, for now

    Top U.S. Senate candidates run quietly, for now

    Watching the U.S. Senate race in California makes you yearn for one of those childhood gizmos that magically makes invisible ink visible. Without one, the race has been hard to see. Kamala Harris has been going about her business as attorney general, doing work that occasionally serves a campaign...

  • Republican Rocky Chavez sees pathway to victory in U.S. Senate contest

    Republican Rocky Chavez sees pathway to victory in U.S. Senate contest

    OCEANSIDE — Rocky Chavez yearned for combat duty during his 28 years in the Marines, but commanders kept him far from the battlefield. "It's kind of like training for a football game and never getting into the game," said Chavez, a state lawmaker now running for U.S. Senate. When he left the military,...

  • Harris, Sanchez dominate Anaheim gathering of California Democrats

    Harris, Sanchez dominate Anaheim gathering of California Democrats

    The contours of California's U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance. Their clashing ambitions dominated an Anaheim gathering of several thousand Democrats pondering who...

  • In battle over Boxer's Senate seat, Jerry Brown and Nancy Pelosi take no sides

    In battle over Boxer's Senate seat, Jerry Brown and Nancy Pelosi take no sides

    As several thousand Democrats gathered in Anaheim for the state party’s annual convention, a burgeoning fight over Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat promised to dominate the weekend proceedings. On Friday night, party elders tried to steer clear of the clash between the two Democrats now tussling over...

  • Loretta Sanchez's public image a factor in Senate race

    Loretta Sanchez's public image a factor in Senate race

    One of the first questions facing Rep. Loretta Sanchez in her newly announced U.S. Senate bid is whether the kind of attention she has won while in Congress could weigh down her campaign. On occasion, the Orange County Democrat has made fellow party members wince. In 2000, Sanchez embarrassed party...

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