But the congresswoman said she was undaunted. She also failed to land the state Democratic Party endorsement in her first run for Congress in 1996, and she went on to win the nomination and oust Orange County conservative Rep. Robert Dornan.
ey, a GOP DA, by the smashing margin of 46.1-to-45.3 percent. Sanchez is a tough, gritty campaigner, witness her shocking upset of longtime Republican icon, Rep. Robert Dornan, in 1994; on the other hand, Loretta has never run statewide, and has as much to prove on the big stage as Kamala.
Chait likens her to Howard Dean -- the hero of (some of) the Democratic base who briefly emerged as the Democratic front-runner in late 2003 -- while Bernstein compares her to Robert Dornan (who ended his campaign for the 1996 GOPnod by literally begging a roomful of New Hampshire Republicans for