The California Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday to endorse Senator Dianne Feinstein’s opponent, Kevin de León, over the longtime Senator.
De León won the vote with 65%, while 28% voted no endorsement. Only 7% voted for Feinstein.
Feinstein is a 25-year incumbent and won the June primary with 44%, while de León only received 12%. The two candidates will both be on the ballot in November.
VOTING RESULTS — U.S. Senate:— California Democratic Party (@CA_Dem) July 15, 2018
Feinstein — 22 (7%)
de León — 217 (65%)
No Endorsement — 94 (28%) pic.twitter.com/BoxkNIk4sM
After the vote, Feinstein’s campaign manager told the San Francisco Times the campaign is “confident that a large majority of California Democrats will vote to re-elect Sen. Feinstein in November.”
The endorsement signals a shift. The California Democratic Party is moving more left in an attempt to become less "establishment."
“Tonight we showed the world what a truly unified Democratic Party looks like,” de Léon said in a celebratory tweet. “California Democrats are leading the call for a bold agenda in Washington that puts people before politics & focuses on building a future for our state that works for everyone.”
“[T]oday's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.,” he added.