LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — California voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots during the primary election.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton captured enough commitments from delegates to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. She is the first woman to ever top a major party ticket.
Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders, is pushing back saying he will not drop out of the race to the White House.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump heads into the primary unopposed, but under fire by members of his own party.
In the other marquee contest on Tuesday, California voters face a historic choice for U.S. Senate that could for the first time pit two Democrats against one another in November. To wit: Both are women, both minorities.
Polls have shown California Secretary of State Kamala Harris as the favorite, followed by U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County. Two former Republican party chairmen and a physicist-turned-software developer are among several GOP contenders for the seat, but none has polled above single digits or raised significant campaign funds in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.
The crowded Senate ticket features 34 names in all, though, and voters may have a tough time differentiating. Californians are also making choices in congressional and legislative contests statewide, narrowing the field for November.