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Antonio Villaraigosa
Harris has been laying the tracks for a Senate race for a long time
Harris has been laying the tracks for a Senate race for a long time

In the real world, Kamala Harris' campaign for the U.S. Senate began just two weeks ago, days after Barbara Boxer's Jan. 8 announcement that she would retire in 2016. In the political world, her preparations for the race have been apparent for a long time. Last fall, for example. The Democratic attorney general spent close to $1.5 million in the first 18 days of October — the last calculations available — and most of it went to the airwaves. That level of spending certainly was not necessary for Harris to eke out a victory over Ronald Gold, a Republican who spent less than $17,000 over the same period. Don't remember Ronald Gold? Voters didn't, either....

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