California U.S. Senate Race

California U.S. Senate Race: A History of Republican Failure

California U.S. Senate race candidates California Atty Gen. Kamala Harris and U.S. House Rep Loretta Sanchez are both way ahead of their Republican challengers for the Senate seat that Sen. Barbara Boxer will be vacating.

According to a poll conducted by USC and the LA Times shows Harris leading Sanchez 27% to 17%.  The nearest Republicans are virtually unknown former state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro polling just 10 percent, and GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez from Oceanside who is polling in the single digits at 9%.

Former state Republican Party leader George “Duf” Sundheim has also entered the race; however, it seems too late for inclusion in the poll.

A Tradition of Losing

Unlike the last California Senate race where now Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina faced Senator Barbara Boxer in a losing effort to capture the U.S. Senate seat for the Republican party, the GOP has little or no chance of a repeat performance in 2016.

Because the way that California primary system is set up no matter what party the contestants are from only the first and second place finishers will head to a runoff election come November 2016.

Once the primary election is out of the way in June the Democratic National Committee can turn its attention to other states where there may be more hotly contested races.

The last Republican to hold a seat in the U.S. Senate from California was in 1991 John F. Seymour, and that was by appointment from Governor Pete Wilson who was the previous U.S. Republican Senator to win the seat.

This drought for the Republican party in California seems as though it will continue for many years to come as not a single Republican holds a statewide office.

Unlike other states Republicans cannot sway even independent voters enough to get votes to give their candidates a reasonable chance at winning offices outside of the local and county levels.