May 12, 2015 1:14 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Congressman Adam Schiff is joining the growing line of potential Democratic contenders declining to run next year for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat.
Schiff says his responsibilities as the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence takes precedent. He says the position gives him a chance to make a significant contribution to the nation's security.
Boxer's retirement was expected to unleash a logjam of ambitious Democratic challengers seeking higher office. But Attorney General Kamala Harris has been the only Democratic candidate to enter the race.
Another potential candidate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, is expected to make a decision soon about whether she will launch a bid.
Harris has used her head-start to gain a big fundraising edge, generate endorsements and organize a campaign team.
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