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Friday, 13 October 2017 01:02

Dianne Feinstein poised to draw a primary challenger, Kevin de León

Written by  Ed O'Keefe
California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, right, flanked by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, answers questions at a news conference in Sacramento. (AP)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.

) is poised draw a primary challenger in her bid for reelection next year: Kevin de León, president of the California State Senate, is preparing launch a U.S. Senate campaign, according to multiple people familiar with his plans.

De León represents downtown and East Los Angeles in the State Senate and serves as president pro tem, a term-limited position that he will have to relinquish after next year. He is making plans to visit Washington in the next two weeks for meetings with potential donors, according to one person helping with the planning who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about the plans.

Another person familiar with his thinking said de León is “definitely thinking about it” and on the verge of making it official. Several other Democrats in California and Washington said they did not have direct knowledge of de León’s plans but know he has been mulling a run for several weeks.

Two aides to de León in Sacramento and Los Angeles declined to comment or didn’t return requests for comment.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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