Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the state’s longest serving senator has decided to bow out of a reelection bid.
“The time has come,” she told Capitol Hill reporters. “It’s not till the end of next year. So don’t hold your breath. (But) there are times for all things under the sun and I think that will be the right time.”
Feinstein’s decision came after much speculation on whether she would decide to run for another term, given her age and questions about her fitness for office. She was first elected in 1992.
Feinstein expects to endorse a candidate later this year
Feinstein’s seat is solidly Democratic in deep blue California. While highly unlikely a Republican will be able to win a statewide election in the Golden State, the seat has attracted the interest of several Democrats.
The former San Francisco mayor told Capitol Hill reporters Tuesday she expects to endorse a successor within the next two months but “I don’t have anybody in mind right now.”
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Who is in the running so far?
Although Feinstein only announced her decision Tuesday, two Democrats have already launched their own Senate campaigns prior to her statement.
Democratic Rep. Katie Porter announced her bid for the seat in early January, calling for “new leadership” in a video shared on her social media accounts.
“California needs a warrior in Washington. That’s exactly why I’m announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate in 2024,” said Porter in the video.
In late January, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff also announced his candidacy for the seat, tweeting that “We’re in the fight of our lives — a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator.”
Schiff earned the endorsement of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in February – an endorsement predicated on Feinstein’s exit.
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“If (Feinstein) decides not to run, I will be supporting House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, who knows well the nexus between a strong Democracy and a strong economy,” Pelosi said in a statement shared by Schiff’s Senate campaign .
Other California Democratic representatives such as Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Ro Khanna are also reportedly considering running for the seat, setting up a potentially brutal primary fight in 2024.
Story Credit: usatoday.com