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Ro Khanna Says He Won’t Run for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Seat, Endorses Barbara Lee

Ro Khanna Says He Won’t Run for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Seat, Endorses Barbara Lee

Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna announced on Monday that he will not be running against Senator Dianne Feinstein in the upcoming election. Instead, Khanna has endorsed fellow California lawmaker Barbara Lee for the seat.

Khanna, who represents the 17th district of California, had been considering a run for the Senate, citing the need for progressive voices in Congress. However, after discussing the matter with his family and constituents, Khanna ultimately decided against entering the race.

In a statement released on Monday, Khanna cited the importance of unity within the Democratic Party, and his belief that Lee is the best candidate to represent California in the Senate.

“Unity is more important than personal ambition,” Khanna said. “Barbara Lee is a champion for justice, equity, and progressive policies. I am proud to endorse her candidacy for the United States Senate.”

Lee, who represents the 13th district of California, has been a vocal advocate for progressive causes throughout her tenure in Congress. She has pushed for reforms in criminal justice, healthcare, and environmental policy, among other issues.

In a statement reacting to Khanna’s endorsement, Lee expressed gratitude for his support and reiterated her commitment to fighting for progressive values in the Senate.

“I am honored to have Congressman Ro Khanna’s endorsement,” Lee said. “Together, we will build a movement that empowers working families, brings justice to marginalized communities, and fights for a fair and equitable future for all Californians.”

Feinstein, who has represented California in the Senate since 1992, has not yet announced whether she will seek re-election in 2022. However, several other Democrats are already in the race, including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and former San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes.

Regardless of who ultimately wins the Democratic nomination, Khanna’s decision to endorse Lee represents a significant boost for her campaign. As a rising star in progressive politics, Khanna’s support could help Lee rally support among voters who are looking for a more left-leaning candidate to represent their interests in the Senate.

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