Democrats Failing To Endorse Dianne Feinstein Gives Progressive Push

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wields instant name recognition and a sizable campaign war chest in her push to extend a 25-year career on Capitol Hill this November — but a chunk of her own party appears to be through with her.

The California Democratic Party declined this weekend to endorse Mrs. Feinstein, delivering a huge boost to state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, her chief challenger who’s running to her left.

The battle between the two Democrats ahead of the June 5 primary underscores an emerging war for the soul of their party, even as they eye big gains against President Trump and the GOP in November.

Mr. de Leon says he’s part of a new crop of progressive leaders fighting for single-payer health care, full protections for illegal immigrants and stiffer efforts to stem climate change.

A Public Policy Institute of California poll earlier this month gave Mrs. Feinstein a wide lead, 46 percent to 17 percent, over Mr. de Leon in the state’s open primary.

The top two vote-getters advance to the November general election, regardless of party.

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, though, said rushing to mount a serious primary challenge in the deep-blue state would drain party resources during a critical election year. He said Republicans might be able to divide and conquer Democrats in other races in California.

“The opportunity is in the House, not the Senate,” he said.

Read more from Tom Howell Jr. at The Washington Times

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