Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

By Joe Garofoli
May 13, 2016
Updated: May 13, 2016 – 2:57pm

California’s U.S. Senate race has been overshadowed by the high-profile presidential campaign but that might change a bit Friday when Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez launched TV commercials.

Harris, the California attorney general, dropped three launched three TV commercials featuring endorsements from two progressive icons: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and farm workers advocate Dolores Huerta. U.S. Rep. Sanchez released four spots that highlighted her Washington, D.C. experience and working class background.

Warren’s ad, in particular, is intended to reach out to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who might shrug off Harris —who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president — as someone who has spent much of her career as an elected official. And the Spanish-language Huerta ad is intended to blunt support among Latino voters for Sanchez, the Santa Ana Democrat.

“Elizabeth Warren and Delores Huerta are unique icons of strength and honesty in our culture,” Harris strategist Sean Clegg said Friday.

The ads, including a third titled “Fearless for the People” will air statewide starting Friday on broadcast and cable outlets.

The Sanchez ads highlight her federal experience, including being a member of both the House Armed Services and the Homeland Security committees, as well as her vote against the Iraq war.

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