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5 California Senate Candidates to Debate

KPBS will host the debate in San Diego with its partners KPCC, KQED, Capital Public Radio and Univision

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    5 California Senate Candidates to Debate
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    (L-R) Kamala Harris, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro, Loretta Sanchez and Ron Unz are vying for the seat opened by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement.

    The top five candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will meet Tuesday for a debate on San Diego's public television and public radio stations.

    KPBS expects Democrats California Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez as well as Republicans George “Duf” Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and entrepreneur Ron Unz to take part in the debate.

    KPBS will host the debate in San Diego with its partners KPCC, KQED, Capital Public Radio and Univision. The program will air beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

    The top two candidates in California's June 7 primary will advance to the November general election, regardless of their party.

    The first open Senate seat in decades was expected to attract outsize attention and a strong field of candidates, but so far has drawn mostly yawns from voters and prompted a low-profile campaign, although there will be 34 candidates on the June 7 ballot.

    Polls show about half of likely voters remain unengaged in the race and undecided about whom to support.

    Democrats are strongly favored to retain the seat in November.

    The party controls every statewide office and holds a 2.7 million edge in voter registration.