Poll: California voters open to host of 2016 Senate hopefuls

Feb 18, 2015 10:20 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's one established candidate in California's 2016 U.S. Senate race: state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Beyond that, not much is certain.

That's the finding of an independent Field Poll released Wednesday, which says voters are open to considering a wide range of possible candidates for the seat being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Forty-six percent of likely voters say they would be inclined to support Harris.

A group of other Democrats is also in the mix.

The poll of nearly 1,000 voters conducted Jan. 26 through Feb. 16 says 39 percent would be inclined to support Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is considering a bid.

Thirty-five percent gave a thumbs-up to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, another possible contender, but nearly half say they wouldn't be inclined to support him.

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