State senator Kevin de Leon appealed to party activists seeking a fresh face and a more progressive senator to fight Donald Trump

The California Democratic party snubbed Senator Dianne Feinstein on Saturday, handing its official endorsement to state senator Kevin de Leon, Feinstein’s progressive long-shot challenger in November’s midterm elections.

In backing de Leon, a majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein’s calls to stay neutral. Her allies warned an endorsement would create an intra-party squabble, between the left and the establishment, that could detract from down-ballot races.

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