In Blow to Dianne Feinstein, Democrats Won't Endorse Her Senate Run

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein was not afforded an endorsement by the Democratic Party of California as she attempts to earn an appointment to Washington for the fifth time. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on Sunday, with just 37 percent of the state's delegates supporting her at the party's convention. Polling shows her with a wide lead over de Leon among likely voters and she has a huge money advantage. A hot button issue that de Leon uses to back his position on Feinstein is what he considers to be an unwillingness to fight for the many young immigrants in the state that were brought to California as children through no fault of their own. He believes its an indication of how far left the party is swinging.

Losing to your challenger by seventeen points at a party convention is not a good look for any incumbent, let alone one like Feinstein who has been a longtime fixture in the Democratic body politic. Garretson says, "I think California is changing, the California Democratic party is becoming more diverse, more millennial and she has not been adapting quick enough".

The Political Research Quarterly found that in California's "top-two" election system, the Democrat endorsement generated a gain of between 7 and 15 percent of primary votes.

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Feinstein supporters, meanwhile, said her long track record as a fighter for Democrats and women makes her the party's best choice. It failed to unite behind a single candidate in the majority of statewide races, including for governor, where four Democrats are vying to replace outgoing Gov. "They reminded more than 3,000 activists gathered this weekend that President Donald Trump is their common enemy". She pledged to do it again if elected.

Feinstein voted against two federal spending measures that left out deportation protections for "dreamers", but some activists felt it was a forced vote.

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