Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

Sandra Fluke is a first-time candidate for a seat in California's state Senate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former Georgetown University law student who gained attention for being denied a chance to testify before Congress in favor of birth control coverage in health plans is running for elected office.

Sandra Fluke is a first-time candidate for a seat in California’s state Senate to represent some of the most affluent communities of Los Angeles County.

Fluke’s agenda calls for matching campaign contributions, subsidized early education, environmental protection and public transit.

Fluke spoke to a panel of Democrats after Republicans blocked her from testifying. Amid the national attention, radio personality Rush Limbaugh compared her to a prostitute, but later apologized.

Her road to the statehouse isn’t a sure one.

Fluke finished second in the primary behind another Democrat, Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen.

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