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Reagan Republican May Challenge Dianne Feinstein in California

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A Field Poll released last week found Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is not immune to voter discontent with Congress and is now saddled with a 41 percent approval rating.

On top of that, Feinstein’s $5 million war chest might have been depleted as part of an alleged embezzlement by a prominent Democratic campaign treasurer, and one Republican with a famous last name could be stepping forward to take her on.

It’s not just any “Reagan Republican” looking to take her on — it’s Michael Reagan, a former conservative radio talk-show host and son of President Ronald Reagan. Reagan told the San Francisco Chronicle he’s considering a bid.

Still, the state’s demographics and recent voting history are on Feinstein’s side: California hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1988, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) won re-election by 10 points last year in a strong cycle for Republicans nationwide.

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