Feb 4, 2015 1:34 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kamala Harris is trying to take advantage of her head start in California's U.S. Senate race.
The state attorney general jumped into the 2016 contest last month, and so far she is the only established candidate.
The Democrat has been busy piling up endorsements and raising money, steps that could establish her as an early front-runner and discourage potential rivals.
Other possible contenders include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and several members of Congress.
Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement in January that she would not seek a fifth term created the first open Senate seat since 1993 and set the stage for a free-for-all among a new generation of California Democrats.
The party is expected to retain Boxer's seat, given California's pronounced Democratic tilt.
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