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 February 16, 2023

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein not running for reelection in '24

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced that she will not run for reelection in 2024.

Feinstein, 89, is the oldest-serving senator and was widely speculated to retire at the end of her term.

The announcement

“I am announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024 but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends,” she tweeted.

“Even with a divided Congress, we can still pass bills that will improve lives,” she added.

New contenders

"Other Democrats have already announced campaigns for her seat, including Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is also widely expected to join the race," The Daily Wire reported.

"Earlier this month, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) endorsed Schiff for the Senate seat if Feinstein chose not to seek re-election in 2024," it added.

"Feinstein has faced mounting pressure to step down in recent months. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in April that three Democratic senators and a group of former Feinstein staffers said the senator was too cognitively impaired to serve out her term," the Free Beacon reported.

"Questions about her mental fortitude were only the latest setback for Feinstein, who has lately fallen out of favor with progressive Democrats. Liberals slammed Feinstein for embracing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) after the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett," it added.

Feinstein has served as one of California's senators since 1978.

The senator had to be reminded that her retirement announcement had already been sent out after addressing the topic with reporters on Tuesday.

The longtime senator will lead to a strong battle for her Senate seat among Democrats, with the GOP also likely to push for a shot at the opening in 2024 as the party also seeks to take back power in the Senate and potentially the White House.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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