WASHINGTON — Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) congratulated Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on her victory in Tuesday’s primary.
“Senator Feinstein knows how to deliver for California, and tonight’s decisive primary results show that Californians know she always puts them first,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “Since first elected to the Senate, Dianne has always stood up for California values, including universal health care, gun safety reform, protections for immigrants, and economic opportunity for all. Californians know Dianne is committed to working for them and tonight’s resounding victory is a testament to her strong record.”
Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992, fended off a long-shot challenge from State Sen. Daniel DeLeon as well as 31 lesser-known candidates. Feinstein garnered 43.9 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. DeLeon received 10.9 percent of the vote, according to the AP.
Under California’s jungle primary system, both Democrats and Republicans run on the same ballot. The two candidates who receive the most votes then move on to the general election. For this reason, it is not yet known who Feinstein’s general election opponent will be.
California is one of the most reliably Democratic states in the nation. Hillary Clinton won the state by 30 points in 2016.
The outcome of the state’s congressional primaries could determine which party controls the House of Representatives next year. As of Wednesday morning, three key races have yet to be called.
Democrats hope to pick up the seats of retiring GOP Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce. They also hope to unseat GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Hillary Clinton won all three districts.
In Issa’s district, both a Republican and a Democrat appear to have advanced to the general election, according to the AP.
In Royce’s district, the possibility of two Republicans facing off in the general election is still a possibility, according to the AP.
Rohrabacher will advance to the general election but may face a fellow Republican, according to the AP.
Democrats had expressed concern that the crowded jungle primaries might result in an array of contests in which two of their candidates canceled each other out, but for the most part, that prospect seems to have faded for now.
Four other states held primaries on Tuesday.
In New Jersey, Sen. Bob Menendez (D) easily fended of a primary challenge from newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick. Menendez will face Republican Bob Hugin in the general election. Hugin is a former biopharmaceutical executive.
New Jersey is reliably Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the state by double-digits.
In Montana, Sen. Jon Tester (D) ran unopposed. Tester will face Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale in the general election.
Montana is a Republican stronghold. President Donald Trump carried the state by more than 20 points in 2016.
Tester has been critical of the administration and has drawn the ire of the president for work related to the investigation of allegations that led to White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s decision to withdraw his nomination for Veterans Affairs secretary.
In the Democratic contest for New Mexico’s First Congressional District, Deb Haaland defeated two male opponents. She won 40 percent of the vote. Haaland is poised to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress.