This Dem is Leading the CA-Sen Field, and Liberals Aren’t Going to Be Happy About It This Dem is Leading the CA-Sen Field, and Liberals Aren’t Going to Be Happy About It – NTK Network

This Dem is Leading the CA-Sen Field, and Liberals Aren’t Going to Be Happy About It

The worst part for far-left liberals? The poll shows the California Senate race isn’t even close.

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2018 @10:15am
This Dem is Leading the CA-Sen Field, and Liberals Aren’t Going to Be Happy About It

Left-wing liberals were hoping to swap one California Democrat for another during this year’s midterm elections. Tired of what they see as moderation on certain issues, liberal groups are trying to replace four-term incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

But a new poll released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California is proving that’s easier said than done.

According to the results, Feinstein leads the field with 46 percent of likely voters saying they would back the long-time senator. The next closest candidate was state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at 17 percent.

Politico explains the extent of Feinstein’s dominance:

Though a third of likely voters remain undecided, the poll reflects the long odds facing de León as he seeks to unseat California’s senior senator. Feinstein, a centrist Democrat, is polling ahead of de León by wide margins among Democrats, independent voters, men, women and people of all racial and ethnic groups.

Feinstein, at 84, is seeking a fifth full term in the Senate, while de León remains largely unknown. Nearly two-thirds of likely voters have either never heard of him or don’t know enough about him to form an opinion, according to the poll.

In a move that surprised political observers, de León tossed his name in the Senate race last October. Though not far apart from Feinstein on many issues, de León’s strategy was to differentiate himself by being reflexively anti-Trump. While it’s still early in the race, it doesn’t appear the strategy is working.

To date, no prominent Republican has entered the race. In California’s “jungle primary” system, Feinstein and de León could face each other twice – once in the primary and again in the general, if both are the two top vote getters in the primary.

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