Senator Diane Feinstein (CA-D) has been in the Senate since 1992. Also, with over 3400 delegates who voted on the DNC endorsement in California, Feinstein FAILED to bring home the Democratic endorsement.
She lost to state Senate Leader, Kevin De León. Kevin has little name recognition state-wide, which could mean a HUGE win for the Republican nominee going against her seat.
The Hill quoted De León as saying after his victory:
“California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines. We all deserve a leader who will take our climate action to Washington.
And will fight each and every day to protect our human and civil rights, our immigrant families and Dreamers, champion universal healthcare and create good paying middle class jobs. It’s time we take California values to Washington, D.C., not the other way around.”
The Mercury News reported, “California’s top-two primary system is another obstacle. He’d have to defeat Feinstein among the broader state electorate in November. “If he were to run against her in a closed primary with very small turnout, there’s a chance lightning could strike and he could beat her,” Whalen said.
But in a general election matchup, Whalen said, “Republicans are not going to elect Kevin de León.”
“That could have a dire impact for the GOP on lower-ballot races like crucial Congressional races. “The challenge is how you turn out Republican voters where there’s only a handful of places where they’ll be able to elect a Republican,” Eckery said.”
In ending, how can the Republicans win the Feinstein seat now that she is GONE? By getting out and registering as a Republican and voting. If you would like to read about the time Feinstein blamed her release of the memo on a cold, then click here.