California Attorney General Kamala Harris will become the only female African American senator after winning California’s Senate contest.
Harris always handily led Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) in this deep-blue state where Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) is retiring.
Sanchez made it through the June primary, defeating several GOP candidates to finish a distant second to Harris. State election rules allow the top two finishers, regardless of party, to advance to the general election. But the Orange County congresswoman has struggled to catch up to Harris, who in recent polls was leading by more than 20 points.
Harris’s victory may turn out to be one of the only bright spots for Democrats on Tuesday night.