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Can a San Francisco liberal win the Central Valley in the race for U.S. Senate?

Can a San Francisco liberal win the Central Valley in the race for U.S. Senate?

Top-of-the-ticket Democrats rarely fare well in California’s Central Valley.

Gov. Jerry Brown has won six statewide elections, but in tiny Colusa County north of Sacramento, where his great-grandfather August Schuckman planted the family roots in the 1850s, victory eluded him every time. California voters elected Dianne Feinstein to the U.S. Senate five times, but she never captured oil-rich Kern County, where her father grew up.

But voters in both counties won’t have any choice but to select a Democrat for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s election, because that’s their only option — Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta...

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