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Who Will Replace Kamala Harris As California Senator And What Does The Process Look Like?




U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee attended by acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan at the Capitol Building on June 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee attended by acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan at the Capitol Building on June 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are headed to the White House after the former vice president and senator of California defeated President Donald Trump in his second-term run. With the transition of power into the White House (which could get ugly) comes another transition right here in the Golden State. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom now must consider who will take over Harris’ senate seat. According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom could also call for a special election or select a temporary placeholder to sit in the seat until the election in 2022. Although it’s unclear, Newsom faces mounting pressure regarding who should be considered for the role. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with political reporters about the upcoming process of filling Harris’s seat and who’s being considered. Do you have questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Libby Denkmann, KPCC politics reporter; she tweets @libdenk

Ben Christopher, reporter covering California politics and elections at CalMatters; he tweets @FromBenC