The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
California Democrats sent a loud message to incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the nation’s best-known and longest-serving politicians, by not endorsing her for re-election at their state convention Sunday.
The delegates also offered no endorsement in the state’s race to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom receiving the most support, with 39 percent of the delegates backing him, followed by treasurer John Chiang (30 percent), former state superintendent of public instruction Delaine Eastin (20 percent) and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — who is near Newsom at the top of recent polls — finishing far back with 9 percent of the support.
But the big shocker was the delegates’ rejection of Feinstein. Even though the 2,775 delegates who cast ballots in the Senate endorsement race fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed to endorse her opponent, state senator Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, 54 percent backed the challenger versus only 37 percent who suported Feinstein.
Also heavy campaigning by @kdeleon for party endorsement. Worth noting that through entire weekend so far, KDL is everywhere – walking halls, talking to reporters, supporters and detractors. pic.twitter.com/tWetuVMMJA
— Angela Hart (@ahartreports) February 25, 2018
Does anyone have video of Kevin de León supporters yelling “Times Up!” at Senator Feinstein?
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) February 25, 2018
California Democrats declined to endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein, favoring her progressive rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León. https://t.co/L9EZLPRK0b
— Kamala Kelkar (@kkelkar) February 25, 2018
— Mercury News (@mercnews) February 25, 2018