SACRAMENTO, California — California Democrats could not agree on who to endorse in its high-profile United States Senate race, with no candidate earning 60% of a convention delegate vote.
Reps. Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee (D-CA) attracted the most support from the convention to replace the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in 2024, with 40% and 41%, respectively. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) had 16% among the 2322 delegates who cast a ballot on Saturday. Another 2% elected not to endorse anyone in the contest.
The candidates are competing in California’s open top-two primary, scheduled for March 5, before the general on Nov. 5.
The weekend’s convention results, adopted on Sunday, reflect the more liberal politics of the delegates who attended the three-day event in Sacramento.
Earlier this month, a University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll found Porter was leading Schiff, with 17% of the state’s likely voters backing her, unchanged from the summer. The former House Intelligence Committee chairman had 16%, down from 20% in August. Former professional baseball player Republican Steve Garvey, who announced his candidacy last month, had 10%, compared to Lee’s 9%.
Republicans, businessman James Bradley, and attorney Eric Early had 7% and 4%, respectively, in contrast to the 1% of the other Democrats, tech executive Lexie Reese and TV anchor Christina Pascucci. Almost a third (30%) of Californian respondents were undecided.
Porter is preferred by voters under the age of 50, Schiff is more liked by those older than 65, and Lee dominates among California’s black electorate, according to the poll.
“While Garvey’s candidacy seems to have made a splash among the state’s Republican voters, Porter and Schiff are still neck and neck at this point, and remain ahead of the rest of the field,” IGS co-director G. Cristina Mora said at the time.
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