Kevin de León Battles for California’s Democratic Party’s Endorsement
Democratic state Senator Kevin de León only claimed 12% of the vote in California’s primary, claiming second place in the state’s top two primary system against Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who won a whopping 44% of the vote. However, the fight looks like it’s far from over. State party insiders are readying for a fight over choosing a favorite in the general election race. The endorsement can come with millions of dollars of support, cash de León could use as he trails Feinstein badly in fundraising and polls. Neither candidate won the party’s primary endorsement but de León came close, winning 54% of votes, shy of the 60% needed to secure the nod; Feinstein received just 37%. Feinstein called for unity last week and urged party leaders to decline to endorse anyone at the upcoming Executive Board meeting where the endorsement question will be decided. Supporters of de León argued that he has a better chance of winning the party’s endorsement this time and that Feinstein is trying to avoid what would be an embarrassing loss. The state party’s Executive Board is made up of about 360 party leaders, as opposed to the more than 2,700 delegates who voted at a February convention in San Diego during the primary endorsement battle. The LA Times reports that de León supporters said they have sifted through the endorsement votes cast during the February convention and found 56% of the executive board members backed de León, which they believe is an indication the endorsement is within his reach. More here.