Politics

The Other History-Making Political Race No One Is Talking About

June 8th 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

This is a historic presidential election, but there's also important history being made in the U.S. Senate. Two minority women will face off in November for a spot in the U.S. Senate. Democrats Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Black woman, and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is Latina, are the two candidates fighting for California's U.S. Senate seat.

If Sanchez wins, she could be the first Latina to hold office in the U.S. Senate, but she may have to share the title with Democratic candidate and former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada, according to U.S. News.

Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, and if she takes the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), she will be only the second Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, U.S. News reported. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun from Illiniois was the first in 1992 — also known as "the year of the woman."

This is the first time ever that Republicans will be absent from a U.S. Senate election in California.

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