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Footer: Sanchez and Harris, both Democrats, are vying for the U.S. Senate seat after Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement.

u-s-senate-loretta_sanchezLoretta Sanchez (D)

  • Sanchez leans left on most social and fiscal issues. Nearly half of the legislation she has sponsored, however, focuses on armed forces and national security issues and taxation.
  • Served on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee since 2011. She touts being a champion for women in the military, among other things.
  • First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996.
  • Attendance record in Congress has been criticized, and according to data from GovTrack, has missed about 33.5 percent of votes since mid-2015.
  • She has received endorsements from several colleagues in the House of Representatives.

u-s-senate-kamala_harrisKamala Harris (D)

  • Served as California’s Attorney General since 2011, and District Attorney in San Francisco prior to that.
  • Touts a focus as Attorney General on combating international drug rings and weapons trade.
  • Performance as Attorney General has been critiqued (by Sanchez and others), who point to the fact that violent crime has increased 10 percent in California during her term.
  • Leans left on most social and fiscal issues, and wants to reform the criminal justice system and enact stricter environmental regulations.
  • Harris has earned the endorsement of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Barbara Boxer and Elizabeth Warren, and a long list of organizations and local officials.

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