Mar 6, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Top Trump foe Adam Schiff locks down easier path to U.S. Senate

Steve Garvey and Adam Schiff

Republican Steve Garvey (left) will face Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in November. Photos: Mario Tama/Getty Images; Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Steve Garvey topped the primary field in California's U.S. Senate race Tuesday, advancing to a November general election.

Why it matters: The second place finish by Garvey, a Major League Baseball legend, makes it likely that solidly-Democratic California will send Schiff to the Senate next year.

  • Garvey's outsider campaign bested that of Rep. Katie Porter's (D-Calif.), who struggled to find a lane between Schiff's mainstream appeal and Rep. Barbara Lee's (D-Calif.) progressive message.
  • Schiff was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary contest after entering as the polling favorite.

The big picture: For the first time in decades, Californians will not be represented by a woman in the Senate.

  • Whoever wins the November election will fill the seat left by longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who passed away last September at the age of 90.
  • Sen. Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.) was appointed to the position but decided not to run for a full term.
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

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