The following is an excerpt from Irin Carmon | June 6, 2016 | msnbc.com |
Not much is ordinary about California’s Senate primary on Tuesday.
For the first time ever, there might not be a Republican on the November ballot, thanks to the state’s open “jungle primary.” After Tuesday’s vote, the top two candidates from any party proceed to a runoff in the general election. There are a total of 34 candidates, but only two have polled above the single digits, and neither are Republicans.
As for those two front-runners — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and long-serving Rep. Loretta Sanchez — both are women of color and daughters of immigrants, from Jamaica and India in Harris’ case and Mexico in Sanchez’s.
“I arrived at the United States Congress 20 years ago, and there were very preconceived notions about what I would be able to do or not,” Sanchez told MSNBC in an interview Friday. But after decades on the Armed Services Committee focusing on combat and conflict and NATO alliances, she said, “They realized they were wrong.”
She added, “Most of the time, I’m the only woman and the only minority in the room.”
In the chamber these women seek to inhabit, their presence would be extraordinary: There is currently only one woman of color in the entire Senate, Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono, who is Asian-American. There has only ever been one black woman senator. There has never been a Latina senator.
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