The California Democratic Party endorsed State Sen. Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles) over incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Saturday, as the two Democrats prepare to face off in the November general election.
“The California Democratic Party’s Executive Board voted Saturday night to endorse state Sen. Kevin de León for U.S. Senate over Sen. Dianne Feinstein. De León received 65 percent of the vote, compared to just 7 percent for Feinstein. An endorsement required 60 percent,” Bay Area public radio station KQED reported.
De Léon holds far-left views on immigration, gun control, and other issues. Last year, he admitted that half of his family was in the country illegally. Earlier this year, he appointed an illegal alien to a statewide office. He is also the author of SB 54, one of the three surviving “sanctuary state” laws that the Trump administration challenged earlier this year.
De Léon enjoys the support of the party’s “progressive” wing, and the backing of left-wing mega-donors such as Tom Steyer. Feinstein enjoys the endorsements of her party’s national leadership, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Feinstein has led widely in the polls, but knew she would face an uphill battle for her party’s endorsement in the general election after members endorsement to endorse her in the primary. She therefore urged the party’s executive board members to remain neutral in the race.
The Associated Press reported that six Democrats running for U.S. House of Representatives seats in key districts targeted by the party urged members of the party’s state board to heed Feinstein’s plea for neutrality.
“A divisive party endorsement for U.S. Senate would hurt all down-ballot candidates and our ability to turn out Democrats we desperately need to vote in November,” they reportedly wrote.