Sanchez Wins Calif. House Primary
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Labor lawyer Linda Sanchez won the Democratic nomination in her bid to join Rep. Loretta Sanchez as the first sister act in Congress.
The congresswoman played a played a highly visible role in the primary race. Her sister faced South Gate City Councilman Hector de la Torre, a former Clinton administration official, and state Assemblywoman Sally Havice.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s primary, Sanchez had 34 percent of the vote, de la Torre had 29 percent and Havice had 19 percent.
The sisters’ campaigns were closely aligned. One Spanish-language television commercial featured their mother urging voters to support both daughters.
Sanchez will face GOP businessman Tim Escobar this fall in the heavily Democratic 39th District south and east of Los Angeles.
In other primaries, 28-year-old Devin Nunes won in a seven-candidate GOP primary in the heavily Republican 21st Congressional District, which is in the Fresno area. Nunes could become one of Congress’ youngest members.
In the 4th District, in the Sacramento suburbs, Rep. John Doolittle easily won the GOP nomination over challenger Bill Kirby.