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.