California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez are leading a pack of 34 candidates in the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
With almost half the votes counted, Harris was leading with 40 percent of the vote to Sanchez’ with 17 percent.
Under California law, the two top vote-getters will face off in the November general election, which will result in the first new senator from California in over 20 years.
Harris is especially notable for being the first female, African-American and Indian-American attorney general of California.
Harris has been considered a front-runner in the campaign since she threw her hat in the ring shortly after Boxer announced last year she would be leaving the seat she has held since 1992.
She has vowed to be a strong proponent for the middle class, women’s rights and immigrants.
Duf Sundheim, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, trails the two Democrats with 9 percent of the vote.
This story will be updated as more information comes in.
— City News Service contributed to this story.
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