There’s a big reason that Rep. Katie Porter’s first U.S. Senate campaign stop will be in the East Bay next week: Geography — perhaps as much as anything — will matter in the 2024 Senate race that began in earnest with
Tuesday that she’s in.
If the race is between two Southern California candidates with largely similar progressive records — like Porter of Orange County and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank — the voter-rich Bay Area will go a long way toward deciding the winner. And that math will change now that sources have confirmed to The Chronicle that Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is making plans to run. If Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, jumps in as well, the equation will grow even more complicated.