The California Democratic Party broke with decades of tradition and officially rebuked sitting Sen. Dianne Feinstein over the weekend; throwing their full support behind a progressive challenger heading into the 2018 midterms.
According to Mercury News, the California Democrats shunned the long-serving Senator in a recent vote, endorsing challenger Kevin De Leon and setting the stage for a high-stakes primary showdown in the coming weeks.
“The endorsement gives De León a big morale boost as he faces an uphill race against the powerful incumbent, and underscores how Golden State Democrats have shifted to the left in the age of Trump,” writes Mercury.
De Leon -a state Senator from Los Angeles- seeks to unseat Feinstein, who has served in office for more than two and half decades.
“Today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.,” De León said in a statement. “The nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party is leading the call for a new generation of leadership who will fight to advance a bold agenda.”
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