Nearly 39 million people live in California, and looking at Tuesday's primary ballot, you'd think every one of them is running for U.S. Senate.
Senate seats don't often come up for grabs, but with the retirement of Democrat Barbara Boxer, who has held the seat for 24 years, seemingly every resident over age 30 who can cough up the $3,480 filing fee — or 10,000 signatures — is taking a shot.
The front-runner is Democratic state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who will probably face Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez in the general election. In California, it's an open primary for Senate and the top two finishers face off on November regardless of party affiliation.
But enough about that. It's the other contenders running for Senate who blow the mind. Of the 34 on the ballot, 20 have submitted statements.
Sure, there are a few serious candidates, along with some longshots who seem like nice people.
Then there are the dozen or so who bring a certain political je ne sais quoi that you can only find in the land of fruits and nuts.
Here are a few of the people running for the United States Senate from the great state of California.