California Democratic Party declines to endorse Dianne Feinstein. It's about time

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Riven by conflict between progressive and more moderate forces at the state party's annual convention here, delegates favored Feinstein's progressive rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León, over Feinstein by a vote of 54 percent to 37 percent, according to results announced Sunday. The state party will not officially endorse either candidate, however, since both failed to meet the 60 percent threshold.

The California Democratic Party will not endorse Sen.

Though party activists rebuked Feinstein, she has millions of dollars to run a successful campaign and polling has shown she enjoys wide support among Democratic voters and independents, a critical piece of the electorate in a race without any well-known Republicans.

In the governor's race, none of the top Democrats in the running will go into the June 5 primary election with the party's endorsement.

A big part of Cook's forecast for a 2018 Democrat election tsunami involves Democrats taking some of the last 10 remaining Republican-held Congressional seats in California.

Democrats are having their Tea Party moment, if that isn't unfair to the Tea Party. The question is whether de Leon's good showing will push Feinstein further left, too. She received the endorsement over other Democratic candidates, Regina Bateson and Roza Calderon.

In 1990, when she declared her support for capital punishment at the convention, she was also turned down by the activist leadership.

The longtime senator focused on her specific legislative record, including on gun control and sexual assault, saying she's a long fighter for Democratic values with the clout to get things done.

Yet Feinstein, who will turn 85 years old later this year, is still expected to cruise to victory over her relatively unknown opponent.

DACA provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants - many of whom came to the children.

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