Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe GOP lawmaker offers constitutional amendment capping Supreme Court seats at 9 Overnight Energy: Judge halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change | Dems demand details on Interior's offshore drilling plans | Trump mocks wind power MORE (D-Calif.) says she thinks former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz Biden team denies 'pre-cooked plan' of Abrams as early running-mate pick MORE will run for president in 2020. 

Feinstein met with Biden Thursday as the former six-term Delaware senator considers entering an already crowded Democratic primary field.

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“Oh, yes,” the California Democrat told CNN Thursday when asked if she thought Biden would run, though she clarified that he did not definitively tell her either way.

Sources familiar with Biden’s plans also told The Hill that he is almost certain to jump into the race and has been calling on party donors for help leading up to his campaign announcement.

Whether or not Biden will throw his hat into the ring has been one of the largest questions looming over a Democratic primary field that already includes high-profile candidates including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris to pitch using federal funds to give teachers pay raises Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Booker endorses New Jersey marijuana legalization bill MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE (D-N.Y.).

Some analysts told The Hill that Biden would likely angle his campaign’s appeal toward blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt and a more traditional Democratic base over the progressive voters whose support several other candidates are trying to win. He’s remained popular among Democrats since his time in the Obama White House and consistently performs well in national and statewide polls. 

Feinstein said she would likely support Biden, possibly over fellow Californian Harris. 

“He made me the first woman on the Judiciary Committee 26 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it,” Feinstein said, referring to Biden’s tenure leading the panel. “I’ve known him, I’ve worked with him and it’s just a logical step for me.”