U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is near the end of her long service in the U.S. Senate. Elected in 1992 in a special election to replace Pete Wilson, who retired, Feinstein had been Mayor of San Francisco (served 1978-88), including during the 1984 Democratic presidential convention. She is unlikely to seek reelection in 2024 at 90 years old and facing complaints she’s missing a step by colleagues and staffers. Another influential woman in California politics is Kamala Harris (57), former State Attorney General and U.S. Senator. She joins Feinstein in not doing very well in California polls.
In recent California Berkeley IGS polls. Feinstein had 30 percent (19 points negative) and Harris at 35 percent approval (10 points negative).
Even in California, 2022 will be a difficult year. Joe Biden won the California presidential election by 34 points in 2020; he’s only 4 points in positive territory today, down from 27 points a year ago.
|Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, 2019 | Mark Wilson/Getty Images|