Politics

California's US Senate race looks lopsided despite matchup

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (L) and Attorney General Kamala Harris (R) are vying for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2016 election.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (L) and Attorney General Kamala Harris (R) are vying for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2016 election.
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With less than three months until Election Day, Loretta Sanchez is running out of time to narrow the gap with front-runner Kamala Harris in California's U.S. Senate race.

What was once expected to be a tough, barrier-shattering contest between two minority women is looking increasingly lopsided.

Both women are Democrats, but President Barack Obama's decision last month to endorse Harris — the state attorney general — was a capstone in her ascent.

She's had an edge in polls and fundraising from the start and is reaping all the advantages of being the favorite of the Democratic establishment in a state where the party has a hammerlock on political power.

Meanwhile, Sanchez, a House member from Orange County, has been struggling to raise money she desperately needs for advertising to change the trajectory of the race.