LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters have sent two minority women to a November runoff for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
State Attorney General Kamala Harris and 10-term Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will face each other in the general election.
They were among 34 candidates seeking the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Under California election rules only two candidates — the top vote-getters — advance to the November election.
The 56-year-old Sanchez could become one of the first Latinas to hold a Senate seat.
The 51-year-old Harris — the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica — could become the first Indian woman to hold a Senate seat and the second black woman elected to the Senate.