Poll: Voters showing little interest in 2016 Senate contest

May 20, 2015 12:44 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - So far, California's U.S. Senate contest has been a snoozer.

An independent poll Wednesday says the emerging race to find a successor for Democrat Barbara Boxer next year is off to an almost invisible start.

The Field Poll of about 800 likely voters indicates that nearly 60 percent had no preference in a field that includes state Attorney General Kamala Harris and 10-term Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

Harris - a Democrat who joined the contest in January - was the top pick of about 2 of 10 voters.

Harris had the field mostly to herself until fellow Democrat Sanchez jumped in Thursday.

Most of the poll was conducted before Sanchez entered the race, but she was the first choice of 8 percent.

Two-term Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez notched 6 percent.

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