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CNN predicts that Schiff and Garvey will move forward to the general election for the California Senate

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Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Steve Garvey made it through the initial round of voting in California’s Senate race, according to CNN’s projections. This sets the stage for a tough battle for the struggling Republican party in the state.

Schiff and Garvey competed in two Senate contests on Tuesday—one to complete the term of the late Democrat Dianne Feinstein, lasting from November to January, and another for a full six-year term starting in January 2025.

The current senator, Democrat Laphonza Butler, took over the seat after Feinstein’s passing and later decided not to run for a full term. In California’s open primary system, candidates from all parties run on the same ballot, and the top two vote-getters move on to the general election. With Democrats having a significant advantage, the seat is expected to remain Democratic in November.

Garvey surpassed two Democratic congresswomen, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, to secure a spot on the general election ballot, despite raising less money and not running TV ads.

In the final campaign weeks, Schiff and his supporters spent millions on ads portraying Garvey as “too conservative” for California, aiming to boost Republican voter turnout. Some progressives criticized Schiff, arguing that this strategy might inadvertently increase GOP turnout in other races. Porter countered by highlighting another Republican, Eric Early, as the true pro-Trump candidate, possibly aiming to divide the Republican vote.

During the general election, Schiff is likely to highlight his role as a prominent Trump critic in the House. Garvey will need to raise funds and clarify his policy positions, as he often avoided taking clear stances on key issues during primary debates.

Schiff, Porter, and Lee joined the race early last year, while Garvey entered in October. Feinstein, who held the seat for over 30 years, announced last February that she wouldn’t seek re-election and passed away in September at the age of 90.

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