California Primary Election Results: Sen. Feinstein Will Advance to General Election; Challenger Remains Unclear

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Update: State Sen. State Sen. Kevin de León placed second in the top-two primary, earning him a spot on the ballot with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Read KTLA’s updated story

Sitting Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be among the two candidates facing off in California’s U.S. Senate election this November, according to the Associated Press, but it’s less clear who her opponent will be as she seeks to keep her seat.

Republican James P. Bradley and Democrat Kevin de León were neck-and-neck for second place to run against 84-year-old Feinstein, who is seeking a sixth term.

By the end of the night Tuesday, de León held 10.7 percent of the vote, while Bradley stood at 9.3 percent with more than 45 percent of precincts reporting statewide. It did not appear a second-place finisher would be declared in the close contest Tuesday night.

Click here for KTLA’s full coverage of California’s 2018 primary results.

De León had led the pack of Feinstein’s 31 declared challengers in polling. Meanwhile Bradley, an executive from Laguna Nigel who describes himself as “a Trumpian” on his campaign website, had only emerged as a serious contender in recent weeks.

At its annual convention this year, the Democratic party was torn between support for Feinstein and state Senate President pro Tempore de León. Neither earned the party’s endorsement.

None of the Republicans on the ballot were able to gain their party’s endorsement, either.

Whoever faces Feinstein on the November ballot will be up against California’s longest consecutively serving politician. In addition to name recognition, Feinstein has a lot more campaign money going into the general election than any of her challengers.

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