Jan 8, 2015 6:15 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Let the replacement games begin for California's first open Senate seat in nearly a quarter century.
Sen. Barbara Boxer announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2016, unleashing pent-up ambition in a crowded backlog of Democrats with limited chances for higher office.
Likely candidates include California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The San Francisco natives offered praise for Boxer but are staying mum on their own plans.
Other possible candidates for Boxer's seat include Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is the only high-profile Democrat to rule out a run Thursday.
Some politicians may decide to wait until 2018 for the governor's race or a potential second Senate seat.
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