The California Democratic Party decided not to endorse in the U.S. Senate contest on Saturday, an embarrassing rebuke of veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein, who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century, is facing an insurgent bid by fellow Democrat, state Senate leader Kevin de León. Though De León did not get the endorsement, his success in blocking Feinstein from receiving it shows that his calls for generational change and a more aggressively liberal path have resonated with some of the party's most passionate activists.
Feinstein has never been a state party glad-hander, while De León has cultivated relationships with the party's delegates. He still faces a significant challenge in trying to topple Feinstein, who trounces De León in all public polling and fundraising.