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California's next senator could be a Latina. Will her past mistakes get in the way?

California's next senator could be a Latina. Will her past mistakes get in the way?

Rep. Loretta Sanchez's easygoing, neighborly style has won over Orange County voters for two decades, but that blessing has come with a nettlesome curse: the occasional, stinging political gaffe.

Since jumping into the U.S. Senate race last spring, Sanchez has found herself receiving negative attention for imitating a Native American “war cry” — which was caught on video — and for suggesting that 5% to 20% of Muslims support a caliphate.

Even the launch of her campaign was flubbed when a...

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