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California Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Feinstein

California Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Feinstein
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday officially endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue GOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks Feinstein would 'absolutely' reopen Kavanaugh investigation if Dems win Senate MORE (D-Calif.) in her reelection bid as she faces a primary challenge from the left.

“More than ever, we need Dianne Feinstein’s steady leadership in the U.S. Senate; she’s exactly the right person to ensure that [President] Trump is held accountable,” Brown said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

“Dianne will continue to stand up for immigrants and fight to protect our healthcare and the environent,” he added.

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Feinstein and Brown, who are both from San Francisco, have developed a close relationship ever since Brown’s father appointed her to California’s Women’s Board of Terms and Parole, the L.A. Times reported. In 2005, Feinstein officiated Brown's wedding.

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992, is seeking her fifth full term, but progressive opponents are arguing that she is too moderate and willing to work with Trump.

Earlier this year, the California Democratic Party declined to endorse Feinstein’s reelection bid. More delegates at the state party’s annual convention favored her opponent, state Sen. Kevin de León. Neither candidate got the 60 percent support needed to win the party’s endorsement.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE (I-Vt.), a leading progressive voice, told The Hill in March that he would not be endorsing in California's primary.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance MORE, however, did endorse Feinstein last month.

“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 last month.