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Kevin de Leon

Fellow Democrat squeaks through primary to take on Feinstein

Democrat Kevin de Leon sharpened his attacks on U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday after squeaking out a second-place finish in California's primary.

He called her a lawmaker who sits on the sidelines rather than defend California against President Donald Trump; Feinstein's top strategist called him "delusional."

De Leon's effort to unseat a 26-year incumbent and fellow Democrat is a decidedly uphill climb. He took just 11 percent of the vote in Tuesday's contest, barely defeating a little-known Republican. He was more than 30 points behind Feinstein, who is well-known by California voters and flush with cash to fuel her re-election campaign.

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