California Election Results: Kamala Harris elected to U.S. Senate in landslide victory
Sitting California Attorney General Kamala Harris claimed an avalanche election night victory over Loretta Sanchez to take over Barbara Boxer’s seat in the U.S. Senate for California. The race for the open senate seat in California was called by the Associated Press within minutes of polls closing on the West coast. The numbers have not come in yet, but the quick call is in line with most projections for Harris.
Boxer is set for retirement after serving in the senate for 24 years, with the candidate she endorsed in Harris moving on to replace her. Harris has also been endorsed by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein — who she will represent California with as senators — California Governor Jerry Brown and a number of other elected officials.
Harris served two terms as district attorney for San Francisco before moving on to become California’s Attorney General in 2011. She became the first female, first black, first Asian American and first Tamil attorney general in U.S. history. She participated in the National Mortgage Settlement, securing $12 billion of debt reduction for Californian homeowners and $26 billion overall. Harris also introduced the California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights in the California State Legislature to give owners options when facing foreclosure.
Every major poll projected a big win for Harris, and the quick call on election night was just that. Harris’ election into the U.S. Senate will vacate her seat as Attorney General.