The New York Post: Feinstein fails to win endorsement of California Democrats

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The California Democratic Party snubbed Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday, failing to endorse the five-term incumbent who might be seen as too moderate for the deep blue state.

Feinstein won just 37% support of the 2,775 delegates gathered at the state convention in San Diego, according to results announced by the party.

Her chief liberal rival, state Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), garnered 54% of the vote. While de León still fell short of the 60% needed for endorsement, he declared victory.

The challenger has positioned himself as a bigger opponent of President Donald Trump, compared to Feinstein.

“California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines,” de León said.

“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 health care and create good-paying middle-class jobs.”

Feinstein’s 37% total sent shockwaves throughout the party establishment — though her backers tried to downplay this vote by Democratic activists.

Bill Carrick, Feinstein’s senior aide, said his boss has been busy with her day job to worry about.

“He (de León) spent a lot of time working the party stuff over the years,” Carrick told the Los Angeles Times. “She’s obviously a senator in Washington with a very serious day job.”

This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.