U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

WASHINGTON – Think the Republican Party has problems headed into the 2018 midterm elections?

Democrats, at least in California, demonstrated they are not thrilled about business as usual Sunday by denying 25-year incumbent senator Dianne Feinstein the party’s endorsement for re-election in November, getting only 37 percent of the state party convention.

Instead state Senate leader Kevin de León won the support of 54 percent of the delegates, short of the 60 percent needed to secure the party endorsement.

Feinstein is seeking her fifth full term in office and has the support of Sen. Kamala Harris and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

What’s the beef with Feinstein after all these years? She hasn’t done enough to challenge President Trump, and the state party is moving hard left.

Feinstein’s chief strategist Bill Carrick played down expectations saying, “It’s just another element in the overall campaign.”

It’s not the first time Feinstein was denied the state party’s endorsement. In 1990, when she declared her support for capital punishment at the convention, she was also turned down by the activist leadership. But she still won the nomination in the primary.

In his speech to the convention Saturday afternoon, de León defined himself by he would have opposed the Iraq War and domestic wiretapping and he would never be “fooled into believing Donald Trump can be a good president.”

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