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Leading candidates in California US Senate race face off on debate stage tonight

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Watch the Inside California Politics U.S. Senate debate tonight at 7 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/NEXSTAR) — The four leading candidates in the race to fill the United States Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein will meet on the debate stage tonight for the Inside California Politics Senate Debate. The debate will take place in the KRON4 News studio in San Francisco.

It will air on KRON-TV and Nexstar’s other California television stations, including KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, KSWB-TV in San Diego, KTXL-TV in Sacramento, KSEE-TV in Fresno and KGET-TV in Bakersfield.

Candidates in tonight’s debate include Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Katie Porter (D-Orange County) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), along with Republican front-runner Steve Garvey.

What to watch for in tonight’s debate

Recent polls have seen Schiff maintain his status as front-runner. Schiff’s performance in the first debate was called “senatorial” by some and Monday’s debate offers another chance for him to shore up his front-runner status.

In a recent ad, the Burbank representative, who established a national profile leading the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, has tried to cast the race as a binary choice between himself and leading GOP candidate, Garvey.

Garvey, a former Major League Baseball great with no political experience, has pulled level with Porter in second place, according to recent polls. The former baseball star earned mixed reviews for his performance in the first debate and tonight offers him another chance to better define himself to voters.

Porter, meanwhile, the SoCal rep famous for her whiteboards, could use a breakout moment tonight, according to one political analyst.

The same might be said for Barbara Lee. The Bay Area progressive has fallen behind in both fundraising and the polls, having seen her support among voters surveyed drop to single digits.

You can watch the hour-long debate tonight live at 7 p.m. on the following Nexstar stations and their websites:

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The debate will be moderated by Inside California Politics hosts Nikki Laurenzo and Frank Buckley. Tune in for the Inside California Politics Senate debate, tonight from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and join the conversation on X using the hashtag #CASenDebate.