California Senate Seat opens due to the win by Biden and Harris


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With Joe Biden projected as the winner of the presidential election, California faces a dilemma over who will replace Kamala Harris as Senator.

Kamala Harris was elected as one of California’s Senators in 2017, after the retirement of former Senator Barbara Boxer. However, with Harris becoming the new Vice President, come 2021, there will be an empty Senate seat that California must fill.

The Seventeenth Amendment allows state governors to appoint replacement senators in the case of a death, resignation, or expulsion until a special election can take place. Top contenders for the position include San Francisco mayor London Breed, 13th Congressional District Representative Barbara Lee, 17th Congressional District Representative Ro Khanna, 37th Congressional District Representative Karen Bass, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Governor Gavin Newsom has yet to appoint anyone yet, though his decision will shape the US Senate for years, as whoever he chooses could be re-elected with a huge advantage at the end of Kamala’s term in 2022.