California Democrats refuse to endorse Senator Diane Feinstein’s bid for re-election

Dianne Feinstein

California Democrats rebuked Sen. Dianne Feinstein at their annual convention this weekend, denying her the party’s endorsement in this year’s Senate race and giving a majority of their votes to her liberal primary challenger.

Only 37% of the Democrats at the Convention in San Diego, California agreed to back Senator Diane Feinstein’s bid for re-election. More than 54 percent backed state Senate leader Kevin de León, who entered the race in October and has run to Feinstein’s left on health care, taxes and immigration.

Candidates needed 60 percent of the vote to win the party’s endorsement, making Feinstein the first incumbent senator in recent memory who will run in June’s primary without official backing.