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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 BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Overnight Defense: Army moves to combat sexual crimes | Eight West Point cadets expelled | Democratic senators want to restrict F-35 sale to UAE 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 TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE accountable.

Some liberal leaders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNewsmax host: Jury decided to 'sacrifice' Chauvin to the mob Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term 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.