The race after Feinstein


October 13, 2023

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaking to the California Democratic Party in June 2019.

(JNS) - In the days after Senator Dianne Feinstein's death, the California political community's attention has been divided between commemorating Feinstein's remarkable career and speculating about who Governor Gavin Newsom would appoint as her replacement.

The mourning had not yet concluded on Sunday night when word of Newsom's selection of former union leader and Democratic fundraiser Laphonza Butler as the state's new senator became public. But in all the commotion, an obscure but critically important aspect of California election law which could greatly impact next year's Senate race,...

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