June 5, 2014 — Women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke (D) won a place on the ballot for the California Senate election this fall after coming in second in the primary this week, USA Today's "On Politics" reports (Camia, "On Politics," USA Today,6/4).
Fluke gained national prominence in 2012 when her request to testify before a GOP-led congressional panel about contraception was rejected. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh later called her a "slut" for her advocacy of contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this year, Fluke filed paperwork toward a run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who is retiring. She later announced that she would instead run for state Senate in California (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/5).
Fluke finished behind fellow Democrat Ben Allen, meaning that they will both advance to the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Under California rules, the top two candidates in the primary proceed to the general election, regardless of party affiliation ("On Politics," USA Today, 6/4).
According to the Washington Times, Fluke and Allen are competing for the seat of former state Sen. Ted Lieu (D), who vacated his position to run for Congress this year (Pompi, Washington Times, 6/4).