California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Twitter this morning that she will run for reelection in 2018.
For the last few weeks there’s been considerable speculation that Feinstein might retire in the face of a potential primary challenge from a progressive Democrat.
Just yesterday Feinstein hedged somewhat during an appearance on Fox News.
Feinstein, who had a pacemaker implanted in January, joined the Senate in 1992 after winning a special election. She is now the oldest U.S. senator and would be 91 at the end of another six-year term, if re-elected in November 2018.
The senator has been pressed recently by reporters about whether she’ll run again. “Well, we will see, won’t we?” she also said Sunday, when asked about another Senate campaign. Progressives are purportedly frustrated enough about her views on President Trump, DACA and single-payer health care to mount a challenge for her seat.
I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!
— Dianne Feinstein (@DianneFeinstein) October 9, 2017