California elects Kamala Harris to US Senate

Attorney General Kamala Harris, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, thanks supporters who worked a phone bank for her at the California Democratic Party headquarters on election day, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Harris is running against fellow Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, among others, to replace Barbara Boxer who is retiring. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Attorney General Kamala Harris, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, thanks supporters who worked a phone bank for her at the California Democratic Party headquarters on election day, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Harris is running against fellow Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, among others, to replace Barbara Boxer who is retiring. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney General Kamala Harris wins the open Senate seat to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in race that featured two Democrats in California. Thanks to California’s unusual primary system, in which the two top finishers from the June primary advance to the general election, voters were deciding between Harris and Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

The victory for 51-year-old Harris makes her the first Indian-American senator. Harris was backed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top Democrats.

Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman, tried to consolidate support from Republicans and Latinos, but with little success.

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