California Democrats rebuked Sen. Dianne Feinstein at their annual convention this weekend, denying her the party's endorsement in this year's Senate race and giving a majority of votes to her liberal primary challenger, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon. Feinstein will now face de Leon in a June primary that could define what the Democratic Party stands for in the age of Donald Trump. The challenger is running on universal Medicare, free college tuition and other issues that have captivated the party's base. Activists see the California race as one of several where they can purify the party without risking a Republican win in November.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.