Democrats could reaffirm strength in California Senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) —

California’s unusual election rules allow only two U.S. Senate candidates to advance to a November runoff. In a show of political force, both spots could be taken by Democrats, reaffirming the party’s dominance in the nation’s most populous state.

If the Democrats prevail Tuesday, it would be the first time since voters starting electing senators a century ago that a Republican has not appeared on a California general election ballot for Senate.

Polls suggest Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, both Democrats, will face off again in the November contest.

Overall, 34 candidates will be on the ballot to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Voters can choose any candidate, regardless of party.

Only two, the top vote-getters, advance to November.

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