Divided California Democrats don't endorse Dianne Feinstein

Dem challenger blocks Feinstein from state party's endorsement

Democratic senator from California faces pushback from some liberals in her own party over her decision to run for a sixth term; reaction and analysis from Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on Sunday, with just 37 percent of the state's delegates supporting her at the party's convention.

A candidate had to capture 60 percent of the delegate votes to win the party's seal of approval - which was considered unlikely given the field of politicians in the race with deep ties to the state party.

As de León highlighted in his convention speech, Feinstein voted in support of the war in Iraq and granting intelligence agencies the authority to spy on American citizens without a warrant. "It should never take a primary challenge for California's leadership to stand up for California values", he said.

Despite Saturday's setback, she is ahead of de Leon in the primary race by 29 percentage points, the latest polling of the race shows. De Leon questioned, among other things, remarks Feinstein had made that were interpreted by many Democratic activists here as sympathetic to Trump, and suggested she was too conventional in taking on the White House.

"California's greatness comes from acts of human audacity, not congressional seniority", de León said. Her skeptical view of single-payer health care, anti-marijuana stance, and her votes in favor of some President Donald Trump's nominations to key administration jobs rankled activists at the core of the state's Democratic Party.

No official endorsement was given either to the four Democrats that involved in the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is courting more moderate and even conservative voters, won 9 percent. At age 84, she is the oldest person now serving in the Senate.

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