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Feinstein Gets Another Senate Term

KCBS Radio Overnight News
November 06, 2018 - 7:08 pm

California voters re-elected incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, choosing her over state Sen. Kevin de Leon, according to CBS News projections. 

Feinstein survived the challenge from her fellow Democrat and will begin a fifth term in the Senate. At the age of 85, she is the oldest member of the Senate. 

"This  is the greatest honor in my life," said Feinstein to supporters in the Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco. The country faces significant problems for women, young people and with the economy, said Feinstein, who spoke in a modest tone on a night when Democrats lost ground in the Senate to Republicans. 

The two Democrats faced each other due to California's election format in which the top two finishers in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election.   

In Washington, Feinstein has been a persistent advocate for gun control and is known for a degree of bipartisanship that is uncommon among in the current bitter era. . 

De Leon had positioned himself to Feinstein's left on the political spectrum and criticized the veteran lawmaker for being open to compromise with President Trump. He had also blamed her for mishandling the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.