By Alex Seitz-Wald, MSNBC
She will enter the race as the perceived front-runner in what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats vying for the state’s first open Senate seat in more than two decades.
“I’m excited to share with you that I’m launching my campaign to represent the people of California in the United States Senate,” she said in a message to supporters posted on her campaign website.
“I will be a fighter for the next generation on the critical issues facing our country. I will be a fighter for middle class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity. I will be a fighter for our children who deserve a world-class education, and for students burdened by predatory lenders and skyrocketing tuition. And I will fight relentlessly to protect our coast, our immigrant communities and our seniors.”
Harris has been closely watched since Boxer announced her retirement last week, and especially after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was considered another top potential contender, announced Monday that he would not run.