KCBS_740 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two Democrats seeking California’s U.S. Senate seat have picked up dueling endorsements that highlight political dynamics in the race.

Front-runner Kamala Harris has won the support of state Senate leader Kevin De Leon, a blow to rival Loretta Sanchez’s effort to lock up Latino support.

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Meanwhile, Sanchez announced Thursday she has been endorsed by former Republican congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, underscoring her efforts to draw support from across party lines in a race with no Republican on the ballot.

The low-key contest to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer has been largely overshadowed by this year’s presidential campaign.

Harris and Sanchez landed in a November runoff after topping a large field of contenders in the June primary.

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Under California election rules, only two candidates advance to the general election.

Last week, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Harris.

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