How Dianne Feinstein's re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

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Moulitsas was not the only left-leaning journalist to castigate Feinstein on Twitter shortly after she announced her 2018 Senate bid.

"I strongly support Dianne's reelection campaign, and am thankful she is again offering to serve our state", Harris said. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. "I'm all in!" the tweet said. At 84, Feinstein is the oldest senator now serving in the chamber.

The veteran Democrat had dodged questions about whether she would seek a fifth term, leaving her party in the nation's most populous state in limbo about whether to start grooming a possible replacement.

Her decision to run for reelection comes in the face of grumbling from progressives in California over some of the senator's recent remarks about President Donald Trump.

But the senior senator said twice on Sunday that no gun control legislation would have stopped the mass shooting.

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Seen as a moderate in San Francisco during her time as mayor, Feinstein worked to save the cable cars but angered the LGBT community by torpedoing domestic-partner legislation and declining to march in the city's Pride parade. Adam B. Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Brad Sherman, were said to be preparing for a Senate campaign if Feinstein opted to retire. Kevin de Leon, who is term-limited as the Senate president pro tempore, are also known to be angling for higher office.

Feinstein's California colleague, Sen.

Feinstein announced the run on social media on Monday, noting her desire to keep fighting for various issues facing the country. Kamala Harris and a rising star among liberals, quickly endorsed Feinstein in a Facebook post.

Fewer than half of Californians say they want Feinstein to run for reelection, according to a poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California in September.

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