California Senate Race

California Democratic Party Endorses Dianne Feinstein Opponent Kevin de León
De León took 65 percent of the delegate vote

California state Sen. Kevin de León is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the all-Democratic general election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The California Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kevin de León over Sen. Dianne Feinstein, backing a challenger who is taking on a longtime incumbent.

The endorsement came after Feinstein had encouraged party leaders not to endorse either candidate for Senate in the name of party unity. But on Saturday, de León won 65 percent of the delegates’ votes, surpassing the 60 percent threshold necessary to secure the endorsement.

Feinstein Decides Not to Seek California Democratic Party Endorsement
Pushing unity, senator calls for no formal endorsement by state party post-primary

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will face fellow Democrat Kevin de Léon in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has decided not to seek her state party’s endorsement, calling for party unity ahead of the November election. 

Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Léon, a fellow Democrat, advanced to the general election after finishing first and second respectively in the state’s top-two primary last month. The four-term incumbent wrote an email Tuesday addressed to the party’s executive board members — that also appeared to also be sent to her campaign fundraising list — calling for no formal endorsement. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Feinstein did not win the party’s backing prior to the June 5 primary.

Pelosi Backs Feinstein in California Senate Race
Feinstein faces Democratic challenger

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., endorsed Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday she is endorsing Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for a fifth term.

California State Senate President Kevin de León, a Democrat, announced recently he would challenge Feinstein. He has argued the longtime senator is out of step with liberal Californians and is not fighting against President Donald Trump. Feinstein is expected to stress that her 25 years in the Senate has given her the power to take on the Trump administration. 

Will Seniority Matter in the California Senate Race?
State Sen. Kevin de León a credible challenger to Sen. Dianne Feinstein

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is running for a fifth full term but faces a challenge from the left. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing one of her most credible Democratic challengers yet. So she is readying her case to voters that her power in the Senate means she can effectively fight for California — and against President Donald Trump.

But will that argument work?

Harris Hits Sanchez on Husband's Tax Records
Sanchez says there's no conflict of interest as California Senate candidates trade shots

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez says her husband has no financial conflict of interest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Senate campaign is hitting Rep. Loretta Sanchez for failing to disclose her husband’s tax information.

Sanchez released her tax returns, showing she earned $156,674 in 2015 and paid $36,606 in state and federal income taxes, but declined to release the information of her husband, lawyer John Einwechter.

With Big Lead in California Senate Race, Harris Focuses Down Ballot
Opponent Sanchez says she's not paying attention to Harris

California Senate candidate Kamala Harris is campaigning for other Democrats in some key races for Congress and the state Assembly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

With a comfortable lead in her Senate campaign, California Attorney General General Kamala Harris is turning her attention to helping some down-ballot Democrats in their races.

Most polls show Harris beating 10-term Rep. Loretta Sanchez, by double digits. The two Democrats finished 1-2 in the state’s open primary to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Sanchez Appeals to Republicans in California Senate Race
Trailing Kamala Harris by double digits in polls, Sanchez launches new ad

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, left, is trying to hit fellow Democrat Kamala Harris from both the left and the right in their race for Barbara Boxer‘s Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez is appealing to Republicans as she tries to overcome opponent Kamala Harris’ huge lead in their race for the Senate.

Sanchez has released a new ad that highlights her record on small business and national security, and talks about living and working her whole life in Southern California. However, the ad also says that she voted against the Iraq War and the Wall Street bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

Harris Widens Senate Race Lead in California Poll
State's attorney general beating Sanchez by 22 points

California Attorney General Kamala Harris appears comfortably in the drivers seat in her Senate race against fellow Democrat, Rep. Loretta Sanchez. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety file photo)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has widened her lead over Rep. Loretta Sanchez in their race for the California Senate seat, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by theJames Irvine Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California, found Harris leading the two-way, all-Democratic contest by 22 points, 42 percent to 20 percent, among likely voters. Twenty percent were undecided and 18 percent said they would not be voting. Harris led Sanchez by 7 points in the September edition of the poll.

Ep. 26: Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year
The Week Ahead

If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings. Find out who are the likely newcomers that will add a touch of diversity to the chamber that has been dominated by white, middle age or older men.

Sanchez Hires Third Campaign Manager
Comes in the final stretch of California's two-Democrat Senate Race

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez is scheduled to meet state Attorney General Kamala Harris in their only debate Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has hired the third campaign manager in her Senate race as she continues to trail state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Sanchez hired Maria Unzueta, a former union organizer for Workers United who also worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign in the state, the Los Angeles Times reported.