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Biden endorses Feinstein's reelection bid: 'She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished'

 Biden endorses Feinstein's reelection bid: 'She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump: 'You know what I am? I'm a nationalist' Biden jokes about Obama memes: 'Barack did the first friendship bracelet, not me' 'Broad City' stars urge Clinton not to run again MORE endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPoll: Feinstein holds 18-point lead over challenger Durbin to Trump: ‘We’re the mob? Give me a break’ Sen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue MORE’s (D-Calif.) reelection bid in the face of a challenge from the left, her campaign announced Thursday. 

Biden noted that the two worked together in the Senate, and praised Feinstein for her advocacy for California and “progressive values we share.”

“She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished. And she’s exactly who we need in the Senate to stand up to this Administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Dianne is a dear friend, and I’m proud to endorse her re-election,” Biden said in a statement.

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“I’m so honored that Joe has endorsed my re-election — his support is a big deal,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein, 84, has held her Senate seat since 1992, but faces a challenge in a Democratic primary this year. She failed to clinch the California Democratic Party’s endorsement last month. 

Feinstein earned 37 percent of the delegates’ votes at the state party’s annual convention, while her main rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León (D), received 54 percent of the vote. Candidates needed 60 percent to win the endorsement.

De León has rallied progressives who are frustrated with Feinstein and feel she hasn't held President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE accountable.

Some liberal leaders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHarris presses young people to vote early in Iowa trip Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE (I-Vt.) have thus far declined to weigh in on the race.

The Democratic primary will be held on June 5.

Biden, meanwhile, is at the center of speculation over whether he intends to run for the White House in 2020. He has said he is open to the idea, but has not made a final decision.

The former senator and vice president has taken an active role in the 2018 midterms, campaigning hard for Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of his special election victory earlier this month in Pennsylvania's 18th District.