Harris, Sanchez Hold Top Two Spots in U.S. Senate Poll

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez (L) and Attorney General Kamala Harris. (Tommaso Boddi and Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez continue to hold the top-two spots in the race to be California's next U.S. Senator. The latest Field Poll, released today, finds Attorney General Harris leads the pack with support from 30 percent of likely voters. Sanchez, a Congresswoman from Orange County, takes the second spot with 14 percent.

A crowded field may be hurting Republican contenders. A combined 20 percent of likely voters support a Republican candidate. But none of the 12 running receive more than 4 percent of the vote.

Undecided voters remain a large factor as well -- 27 percent say they either have not made up their minds or will not vote in the June 7 primary.

The top-two finishers continue on to the November general election. And it appears likely Harris and Sanchez will be moving forward, setting up an intraparty fight for the rare open Senate seat.

The Field Poll finds Harris holds leads among registered Democrats, liberals, no-party preference voters, African-Americans, voters over 50, Bay Area voters and those living in union households. Sanchez tops Harris among Latino voters and voters under 30. 


In an hypothetical general election matchup, Harris beats Sanchez 40 percent to 26 percent.

Thirty-percent of Republicans said they won't bother voting for either candidate if both are Democrats.