Kamala Harris might be in for a surprise in November

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urges funds for tracking prescription drugsIn the wacky world of California politics, it’s a virtual certainty that no Republican will make it past the June 7 primary in the race to succeed retiring U.S. senator Barbara Boxer. California attorney general Kamala Harris has a comfortable — but not overwhelming — lead over fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a congresswoman from Orange County. Three Republican candidates trail far behind. Due to California’s unusual election rules, the top two vote-getters in the primary — regardless of party affiliation — will face each other in November. If the current polling stands, the general election to fill the senate seat Boxer has held since 1992 will likely be a contest between two liberal Democrats: Harris (now at 27 percent) and Sanchez (at 14 percent).

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The most popular Republican currently in the race — with a scant 5 percent in the polls — is Ron Unz. A gadfly businessman-activist and former 1994 gubernatorial candidate, Unz espouses an eclectic platform that includes raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, restricting immigration, and challenging the science behind “climate change.” Unz, who admits that his primary reason for running is to head off efforts to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 ballot measure he championed to dismantle California’s ruinous bilingual education system, has the endorsement of Ron Paul. Former California Republican Party chairman George “Duf” Sundheim, a Bay Area attorney, languishes at 2 percent. The previous Republican “frontrunner,” GOP state assemblyman Rocky Chavez, who had been polling in the single digits, dropped out in February due to fundraising difficulties.

The Democrats’ poll rankings have remained relatively steady for months, despite the millions raised and spent by Harris. Demographic shifts and an exodus of middle-class voters have turned California into a one-party state. In statewide races, the GOP has become irrelevant; Republican candidates regularly lose by over a million votes. Accepting the “lesser-of-two-evils” reality of California politics, the right-leaning Orange County Register recently endorsed Sanchez, largely because of her opposition to the Iraq War, USA PATRIOT Act and the $700 billion bank bailout.

It’s a testament to liberal hegemony in California that Sanchez is considered a moderate. She has a 100 percent score from Planned Parenthood, a zero rating from the American Conservative Union, an “F” from the National Rifle Association, and a record of voting with Nancy Pelosi (when she was House speaker) 97.8 percent of the time. Sanchez has taken flack for her suggestion — based on experts’ estimates — that between 5 and 20 percent of American Muslims are potential radicals who support the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. Her statement, issued in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December, was immediately (and predictably) criticized by the Council on Islamic-American Relations and other Muslim groups. Harris, by contrast, has called opposition to resettling Syrian refugees “purely anti-Muslim rhetoric.” “We have to embrace our Muslim brothers and sisters wherever they are and not assume that because of the God they pray to and believe in that they are terrorists that are going to harm us when they come here,” she declared in a recent debate.

Given the Left’s dominance in California, Republican Sundheim’s warning that the stylish Harris is an unprincipled tool of the public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmentalists — not to mention an enemy of law enforcement — won’t have much effect on her support among Democrats. She is a popular two-term attorney general and the media’s darling. Her record as a consumer advocate who favors gun control and comprehensive immigration reform has great appeal to her party’s core voters.

In the final weeks of the primary campaign, Harris and Sanchez will campaign as the unabashed liberals they are, almost certainly finishing first and second in a crowded field of 34 candidates. November, however, may be a different story. Harris, who will out-poll Sanchez in June, could nonetheless lose in November. Sanchez has several advantages heading into the general election. Southern California’s large Hispanic population will likely turn out for her. Moreover, Golden State Republicans, having no candidate of their own to support, will be forced to choose between Harris and Sanchez. GOP voters in California are a minority but they still number in the millions. In a presidential election year, they will turn out in force. Expect them to vote for the least liberal of the Senate candidates on the ballot — Loretta Sanchez.


  1. askeptic says

    Now I know what it felt like to be a non Jim Crow Democrat in the South pre-’64 – you have no voice in state-wide (and sometimes local) politics.
    But, from out of the rubble ahead, We Shall Overcome!

  2. Stephanie says

    I won’t vote for either of these dumb broads.

  3. We need an option on all ballots of “NONE OF THE ABOVE”

    • Oblamo binLyen says

      None of the above, would be the best choice ever. There is no way on this planet I’ll vote for Harris. As for Sanchez I’m sure she’ll be the perfect Gruber of the leftists.

  4. Is this a great state or what? First we get Feinstein and Boxer, then Pelosi and Sanchez then “Camel A” Harris. Talk about the five witches of Looney Tunes! And the stupid people just keep reelecting them!

  5. Great and the loinfo community of Ca will replace out going ignorance with new thriving ignorance….Ca is a major waste of time, money and effort…the great left wing rut is becoming to steep to climb out of….

  6. SO WHO’S CAMPAIGN ARE YOU ALL WORKING? To help get better candidates elected? Plus we all need to pressure the State/National GOP to help out our Candidates in CA. They are beyond pathetic when it comes to supporting them.
    Rafael Dagnesses for Congress here in my district. Will be manning the phone banks very soon

  7. Rottweiler says

    Progressive Leftists will eventually eat their own. They have chased all of the rational thinkers to other more appreciative states.

  8. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    Superficial judgement of Sanchez as “least Liberal” – cherry picked votes in the article ignore her consistent rubber stamp of Defense Authorization bills ( just coincidence perhaps that her current husband is ex-military DEFENSE INDUSTRY LOBBYIST !) including the one that gave NSA carte blanche for domestic eavesdropping and others ripping away YOUR privacy rights for Big Brother ! Her exit from Orange County will come at TOO HIGH A PRICE if sent to Sacramento ! “None of the Above” the only safe choice for CA between these two ! Search YouTube for “Loretta Sanchez + Indians” to see the poster child for “Clueless” !

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