The California Democratic Party voted not to endorse longtime incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday, and instead overwhelmingly chose her primary challenger, former State Sen. Kevin de León.
Feinstein, who has served as a California Senator since 1992, only garnered 7 percent of the vote in the 330-member executive board, while de León won 65 percent.
“Earning the endorsement of so many leaders and activists of the California Democratic Party isn’t just an honor and a privilege; today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.,” de León said in a statement. “Through years of hard-won progress, we have proven to the world that California can forge a path for the rest of the nation.”
The decisive victory for de León was seen as an indication that California Democrats prefer a more progressive representative than Feinstein, 84, who has been criticized as being out of touch and too conservative.