At Monday's U.S. Senate debate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez was asked about her comment last December that as many as 20 percent of Muslims worldwide support establishing an Islamic caliphate "in any way possible." She stood resolutely by the estimate and said afterward that more people seem to be accepting that estimate.

"No one has refuted those numbers," the Democrat from Orange said in a phone interview from Stockton following the five-person faceoff. "People are beginning to understand that those are the numbers that are out there."

Sanchez has referred to several sources, including the respected Pew Research Center, for her December comment on the Larry King show that 5 percent to 20 percent of Muslims support establishing an international Islamic state that transcends borders -- even if violence is involved.

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