Kamala Harris leads Loretta Sanchez, 47%-22%, with 26% of respondents saying they would not take part in the election. Harris led among almost all voter groups except for Latinos, who went for Sanchez, 45%-30%, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll that was conducted in June of this year. It does not look good at all for Sanchez, who is giving up a safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It is worth noting that 26% of the voters who were polled indicated they would not vote for either Harris or Sanchez. They are both Democrats so it is likely that conservative voters are sitting this one out – and possibly quite a few independent voters as well.
Recently President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden added to Sanchez’ misery by endorsing Harris. It is pretty obvious at this point that the Democratic Party leadership is going with Harris, not Sanchez.
Sanchez was a Republican for most of her adult life until she switched parties and beat U.S. Rep. Bob Dornan in 1996. That should not be held against her. The Democrats just nominated a Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who was once a Goldwater girl!
It is time for Sanchez to consider the only move that could possibly help her win in November – and that would be to dump the Democratic Party and run as an independent. She doesn’t owe the Democrats anything. The Democratic Party of Orange County didn’t even support her when she first won in 1996.
Going independent would allow Sanchez to reach out to non-Democratic voters – who make up a large chunk of the California electorate. She is already leading with Latino voters. Leaving the blue party just might be Sanchez’ only hope to get enough votes to beat Harris in November.
The fact is a lot of California voters are disgusted by both Clinton and the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Here is a chance for Sanchez to run as an outsider and try to appeal to these disgruntled voters.
Or Sanchez can keep doing what she is doing – which means she will lose badly in November and lose her House seat for nothing.
While Sanchez has quite often stuck her feet in her mouth, the reality is that residents of Southern California need a voice in D.C. Harris is yet another northern California Democrat. I for one will be voting for Sanchez in November, despite her shortcomings.