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Democrats Shun Dianne Feinstein

Democrats Shun Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (AP/Denis Poroy)

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:29 AM Current | Bio | Archive

For the last two days, on the heels of the California Democratic Convention's stunning vote to deny endorsement to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, pundits have been wondering when was the last time an incumbent senator was actually beaten for re-nomination by Golden State Democrats.

The answer is 1938 — 80 years ago — when Sen. William Gibbs McAdoo lost the primary to Sheridan Downey, former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor on the ticket headed by socialist Upton Sinclair in 1934.

By a margin of 135,000 votes over McAdoo — onetime secretary of the treasury and Democratic presidential hopeful who had the endorsement of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — Downey campaigned as a strong backer of the “ham and eggs” pension program. “Ham and eggs” was the nickname of a proposed pension plan for every public employee in California.

In what is shaping up as a remake of the McAdoo-Downey contest, state Senate Democratic leader Kevin de Leon is running to the left of 26-year-incumbent Feinstein. De Leon’s platform calls for universal Medicare and free college tuition.

In a vote of the state convention, de Leon topped Feinstein by 57 to 34 percent. For now, most polls among likely voters show Feinstein leading de Leon by double digits. Under California’s unique system, all candidates, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot in the June primary. The two top vote-getters — most likely, Feinstein and de Leon — will square off again in November.

“This is an emphatic rejection of the Democrats’ Clinton/Feinstein era,” Dan Schnur, political scientist and lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, told Newsmax. “Even if she is ultimately re-elected in November, this is a party under the control of its base."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


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