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Within party's big tent, Democrats grapple with divisions

Within party's big tent, Democrats grapple with divisions

En route to Hillary Clinton's expected coronation as the Democratic presidential nominee, her party has been caught in an ideological clash pitting the former secretary of State's loyalists against the factions backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The feud is blazing not only nationally but in blue California too, where it is one of several schisms among Democrats.

The upsides of being a state's dominant party are pretty clear: It's not by accident that both U.S. senators are Democrats, as are all of California's statewide officeholders and a big majority of its legislators. You'd have to be 44 years old to have been alive during a truly contested presidential contest...

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