California Democrats Clash Over Senate Race Backing

( – Democratic delegates to California’s state convention couldn’t agree on who they wanted to replace the late Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA). No one candidate was able to earn the required 60% of the convention’s support to earn the nomination.

Reps. Barbara Lee and Adam Schiff (D-CA) both garnered the most support with 41% and 40% of the vote, respectively. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) came in with 16%, and 2% opted to withhold an endorsement from any particular candidate. There were 2322 delegates at the conference in Sacramento over the weekend of November 19th.

The battle over who will receive the party’s nomination will continue through March 5th when the primary vote will be held statewide. The general election will follow on November 5th.

Observers suggested the delegates were more liberal than the state and the vote reflected those attitudes with the support of Schiff and Lee. A University of California Berkeley poll found that Porter was in the lead earlier in November, with Schiff close behind her and former professional baseball player Republican Steve Garvey behind him.

While Democrats were clearly in the lead in the poll, it also suggested roughly 30% of voters were still undecided suggesting anything was possible in 2024. Porter is preferred by those under 50 years old, while Schiff is the preference for older Californian voters. Lee is popular with black voters, according to the poll.

Newly appointed Sen. Laphonza Butler took over the seat after Feinstein died leaving a vacancy. She was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsome and said she would not run for the position in the 2024 election, despite having incumbent status. Given an already crowded field of players, Butler reportedly decided there were other ways she could serve the people of California.

Feinstein’s death left Democrats in a difficult position of trying to fill her shoes with someone who holds similar values. The problem is especially difficult in California given its complicated environmental policies and leftist tendencies.

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