Loretta Sanchez

Moneyball, meet politics: Could VAR settle arguments about candidate strength?
Vote Above Replacement puts Klobuchar atop presidential field, Collins way above other senators

Maine Republican Susan Collins, center, outranks the entire Senate on Inside Elections’ Vote Above Replacement statistic, while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, right, ranks highest among Democratic presidential contenders. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the era of data and metrics and models in political analysis, at least one question still remains: How do we quantify the strength of individual candidates?

Arguing over whether a candidate or incumbent is good or bad is an age-old tradition in the political media and among party operatives. Typically, candidate strength is measured by fundraising or the margin of a win or loss. But that can fail to account for the particular election cycle or the possibility that any candidate running on a particular party’s line in a particular year or state would do just as well.

When Kamala Harris lost on election night, but won three weeks later
Her nail-biting 2010 victory for California attorney general raised her national profile

Kamala Harris, here campaigning in Los Angeles in September 2010, came under fire in her race for state attorney for her record as San Francisco district attorney. (Jason Redmond/AP file photo)

This is the fourth installment in “Battle Tested,” a series analyzing early campaigns of some Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination. Earlier pieces focused on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

In November 2008, Kamala Harris was sprinting through Burbank airport with her campaign adviser, Ace Smith.

Word on the Hill: New Congressional Awards
DeLauro’s mother dies, Asian Dreamers, and former member plays producer

The Congressional Management Foundation is introducing a new awards ceremony to recognize nonlegislative achievements by members of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Congressional Management Foundation has launched new awards for Congress, the Democracy Awards, to recognize nonlegislative achievements.

Five awards will be given out next summer. A Republican and a Democrat will be awarded in each of four categories:  innovation, transparency and accountability, constituent service, and a “Life in Congress” award for workplace environment, the foundation announced. A fifth award will be given to one member and one congressional staffer for lifetime achievement

Democrats Voting on Pelosi Are Older But Not Long-Tenured
A majority of the incoming caucus is 60 or older but most members have served 4 terms or less

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The House Democrats who will decide this week whether it’s time for younger, less-tenured leadership have served in the chamber an average of close to six full terms, and nearly six in 10 are over the age of 60. 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has drawn criticism for not fostering leadership opportunities for younger caucus members. The 76-year-old Californian, who has been the chamber’s top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from 43-year-old Tim Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Ohio, who says that after four straight disappointing elections for House Democrats, it’s time for a change at the top. 

Meet the Senate Freshman Class of 2016
Some firsts for women in the Senate, a son of a foreign service worker, and a former governor among this class

Seven new members will join the Senate in 2017. CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two white men and four women walk into a room. That’s it — no joke, that’s just what the Senate freshman class looks like, so far.

The Louisiana Senate race to replace retiring Sen. David Vitter, to be decided in a Dec. 10 runoff, will determine the seventh freshman. 

Democrat Lou Correa Elected in California’s 46th District
Incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez vacated seat for ill-fated Senate run

Lou Correa is heading to Congress after winning election in California's 46th District. (Photo courtesy Correa's Facebook page)

Democrat Lou Correa will defeat Democrat Bao Nguyen in California’s 46th District, The Associated Press projects.

The seat opened after incumbent Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez opted to run for the Senate. 

Democrat Kamala Harris Elected in California's Open Senate Race
Incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer did not seek re-election

California's Kamala Harris is heading for the Senate after her win in Tuesday's primary. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety file photo)

Democrat Kamala Harris will defeat Rep. Loretta Sanchez in California’s open-seat Senate race, The Associated Press projects.

Harris led Sanchez 65 percent to 35 percent with 5 percent of precincts reporting.

House Members Have Mixed Record on Higher Office
Thirteen House members and the delegate from Puerto Rico made bids for bigger things

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had more than a 10-point lead over incumbent Mark Kirk in a race considered key to the Democrats' bid to gain control of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirteen House members — and one non-voting delegate from Puerto Rico — gave up their posts to run for statewide office this year, with varying success.

Three of those races, the Maryland, Indiana and Louisiana Senate campaigns, pitted colleagues in the House against each other. While the majority were vying for Senate seats, Democrats John Carney, of Delaware and Pedro Pierluisi, or Puerto Rico, made bids for governor. Here is a round-up of their positions as polls opened on Tuesday.

Harris Hits Sanchez on Husband's Tax Records
Sanchez says there's no conflict of interest as California Senate candidates trade shots

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez says her husband has no financial conflict of interest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Senate campaign is hitting Rep. Loretta Sanchez for failing to disclose her husband’s tax information.

Sanchez released her tax returns, showing she earned $156,674 in 2015 and paid $36,606 in state and federal income taxes, but declined to release the information of her husband, lawyer John Einwechter.

With Big Lead in California Senate Race, Harris Focuses Down Ballot
Opponent Sanchez says she's not paying attention to Harris

California Senate candidate Kamala Harris is campaigning for other Democrats in some key races for Congress and the state Assembly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

With a comfortable lead in her Senate campaign, California Attorney General General Kamala Harris is turning her attention to helping some down-ballot Democrats in their races.

Most polls show Harris beating 10-term Rep. Loretta Sanchez, by double digits. The two Democrats finished 1-2 in the state’s open primary to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.