GOP lawmaker launches bid in California 2016 US Senate race

Mar 5, 2015 11:36 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party with Hispanics has launched an uphill campaign for U.S. Senate.

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez entered the 2016 race Thursday as a longshot in a state where Democrats hold every statewide office.

The 63-year-old retired Marine Corps colonel from San Diego County joins a contest in which the only major candidate in the field has been state Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat.

Chavez's election to the Legislature in 2012 was seen as a success story for a Republican Party often faulted for being too slow to adapt. The Hispanic grandfather has been calling for immigration reform and has said the national health care overhaul should not be repealed.

Chavez says he'll also stress foreign affairs and jobs.

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