February 21, 2024

With voting already underway, the main candidates for California’s U.S. Senate seat will face off for a second time Monday night time in San Francisco for what might be the final probability to shake up the race earlier than the March 5 main election.

The main candidates — Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff of Burbank, Katie Porter of Irvine and Barbara Lee of Oakland, and Republican former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres first baseman Steve Garvey of Palm Desert — debated as soon as earlier than on Jan. 22 on the College of Southern California.

Current polls, together with one following the final debate, have constantly put Schiff within the lead, with Porter and Garvey neck and neck for second place and Lee not far behind. The 2 candidates with probably the most voters March 5, no matter get together, will compete for the seat within the November election.

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“That is the primary debate going down in Northern California,” stated political analyst Dan Schnur, who teaches on the College of Southern California and UC Berkeley. “Three of the 4 candidates on the stage are from Southern California and that is their first probability to be immediately uncovered to a Bay Space viewers. Particularly for Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, who’re combating to get into the runoff, this is a chance to enchantment to a closely Democratic viewers.”

The 7 p.m. debate shall be hosted by Nexstar Media Group‘s “Inside California Politics” and held within the KRON 4 Information studio, moderated by program hosts Frank Buckley and Nikki Laurenzo. It will likely be broadcast statewide together with on KRON 4 TV within the Bay Space. It additionally shall be streamed stay on kron4.com and on the KRON 4 app. It’s anticipated to be the final debate earlier than the first.

The 4 candidates have been chosen for the talk out of a crowded subject, partially based mostly on polling and fundraising indicating they’re clearly within the lead as critical contenders.

The 4 are competing for the seat lengthy held by late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor who died in September at age 90 after greater than 30 years within the Senate. Her seat is presently occupied by Sen. Laphonza Butler, a Democrat appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom after Feinstein’s dying. Butler has declined to run for a full time period.

California’s different U.S. Senator is Democrat Alex Padilla, the previous secretary of state Newsom appointed after Sen. Kamala Harris turned vice chairman. Padilla was elected to a full time period in 2022 over Republican challenger Mark Meuser.

The Jan. 22 debate included some colourful traces, however polling signifies it did little to shake up the dynamics of the race.

Schiff “did what he wanted to do to keep up his frontrunner standing” with a “regular” efficiency that “hit all the correct notes,” whereas Porter evidently “didn’t do sufficient” to maneuver up and safe the runner-up spot, stated Sonoma State College Political Science Professor David McCuan. Lee delivered a stable efficiency, however she hasn’t gained on her rivals in polls and fundraising and stays in jeopardy of a fourth-place end.

Garvey, making his first bid for public workplace, appeared very very like the rookie politician in opposition to the three extra seasoned candidates who repeatedly piled onto him, McCuan stated. However that doesn’t essentially harm his probabilities at a second-place main end if the Democrats cut up the vote whereas Garvey consolidates Republican voters.

With 47% of voters registered Democratic, 24% Republican and 22% with no political get together, Schnur stated whereas there aren’t practically sufficient Republicans in California to elect a Senator with out pulling in different voters, “there are simply sufficient of them to get a candidate into second place.”