Garvey is running for the Republican nomination in a state that has been dominated by Democrats, said in an introductory video that he is running a “common sense campaign.”
His launch video also is heavy in images from his baseball stardom, as he tells viewers, “Over 50 years ago I came to California for the first time.”
“I never played for Democrats or Republicans or independents,” he said. “I played for all of you.”
Garvey will compete in an open primary next March, when the top two finishers will go on to the November general election. State voter registration leans heavily Democratic, making up nearly 47%, according to Public Policy Institute of California. Given that dominance, there is a strong chance that two Democrats will face off in the general election, as they did in 2018. Three members of the California congressional delegation, Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, are running. Laphonza Butler, sworn in last week to fill the seat until the next election, has not yet said whether she would run.
The last Republican to represent California in the U.S. Senate was John Seymour, appointed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson to fill the remainder of his term. Seymour lost a special election to Feinstein.
No Republican has been elected statewide in California since 2006. Other GOPers in the Senate race include James Bradley, a businessman, and Eric Early, an attorney.
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