In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans become swing votes

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Posted: Jun 08, 2016 8:15 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California's open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a key role in November in determining which of two Democratic women goes to Washington.

Attorney General Kamala Harris won a commanding victory in Tuesday's primary to claim one of two runoff spots, winning all but a handful of the state's 58 counties.

Fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a member of the House representing an area of Orange County, notched a second-place finish that gives her another chance against Harris this fall.

There were 12 little-known Republicans on the ballot. In the general election, the party's 4.9 million voters will be trying to figure out what to do with only two Democrats on the ballot to pick from.

Donald Trump's candidacy could determine whether Republicans get energized or stay home.